LEBANON, Tenn. – A woman charged with her third DUI offense in recent months remains in police custody following a deadly accident in Lebanon on Friday.
Barbara Ann Mayfield is the at-fault driver in the crash, which occurred just after Noon at the intersection of East High and Cedar streets in Lebanon.
The accident killed 69-year-old James A. Barrett and his four-year-old grandson, Alton.
“We've been arresting her for alcohol related offenses since 2002,” Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said.
In the past nine years, Mayfield has been arrested a dozen times on drinking charges, though most are for public intoxication, according to Bowen.
He said unfortunately it's not unusual for offenders like Mayfield to be repeat offenders.
“You see people [charged with their] fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth DUI. It's almost like they can't stop,” he said, continuing, “Most of the time if you're in the public you're only going to hurt yourself, but when you get behind the wheel you are going to hurt other people and unfortunately in this case she killed two innocent people.”
Chief Bowen said he knows the 44-year-old woman has served jail time and that her license was revoked during the last two arrests, however, that did not prevent her from getting behind the wheel.
“I don't think that the judicial system is always responsible for this stuff. I think it's a societal issue where people have to say, ‘I'm not going to do this,'” Bowen said.
He also told Nashville's News 2 officers work as hard as possible to prevent tragedies such Friday's and said they will do everything possible to make sure the case is brought to justice.
“We expect her to serve several years in jail for this, but the bad part is that it won't bring those two people back,” he said.
Mayfield is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license.
She remains in jail on a $200,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in October.
- July 29, 2011: Repeat DUI offender charged in fatal Lebanon crash