Woman charged with DUI after rolling truck 92 feet down hill


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ST. THOMAS - V.I. Police arrested a woman who they said lost control of her vehicle early Monday morning while intoxicated.

Police arrested Jamaica Hamilton, 27, just after midnight on Monday after they responded to reports of a vehicle that went off the road on Emile Francis Drive.

Hamilton was charged with driving under the influence; negligent driving; failure to keep her vehicle as far left as practical; and failure to keep control of her vehicle. Bail was set at $500.

When police arrived on the scene of the accident, they found Hamilton's boyfriend's yellow Nissan truck on its right side in a ditch, 92 feet down an embankment off of Emile Francis Drive. Police said they determined that Hamilton, who they found in the right front seat of the vehicle, was the operator of the vehicle. Police reports did not state that anyone else was in the vehicle.

A preliminary investigation led police to believe that Hamilton was driving west on the road, between Sugar Bay Resort and Point Pleasant Resort, when she approached a curve and lost control of the vehicle.

She then crossed the yellow center line into the eastbound lane before the vehicle careened down the embankment, near Sugar Bay Resort, according to the probable cause fact sheet.

Police prompted Hamilton to crawl out of the vehicle, after which they transported her back to the police station and conducted a field sobriety test since the arresting officer, V.I. Police Officer Ann-Marie Charles, smelled alcohol on Hamilton, the probable cause fact sheet said.

Hamilton's eyes were red, and she was unable to walk a line without stepping off it or keeping steady, Charles said. Hamilton refused a chemical sobriety test, according to the police report.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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