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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Rolla woman convicted of DWI

  • A Rolla woman who law enforcement officials say is a persistent offender was convicted Monday on charges of driving while intoxicated.
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  • A Rolla woman who law enforcement officials say is a persistent offender was convicted Monday on charges of driving while intoxicated.
    Valerie Robison, 48, was found guilty of the class D felony of driving while intoxicated (persistent offender,” according to Phelps County Prosecutor John Beger.
    Robison had previously waived her right to a jury trial. Instead the case was decided by the Honorable William E. Hickle.
    Robison’s sentencing is scheduled for April 10, 2014, at 9 a.m. before Hickle. Robison faces up to four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, one year in the Phelps County Jail, a fine of up to $5,000, or a combination of jail and fine.
    Robison was arrested for DWI on Sept. 30, 2011. After being stopped for a lane violation and speeding, Spo. Jessie Hoyt, of the Rolla Police Department, noticed the smell of alcohol on her breath and a number of other indications that she was intoxicated.
    Robison performed poorly on field sobriety tests and provided incomplete samples to the breathalyzer. “Jessie Hoyt did a tremendous job investigating this case,” said Phelps County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brendon Fox. “Further, she was always extremely prepared for court. Without her, we wouldn’t have another conviction of a dangerous, drunk driver.”
    Beger said he was pleased with the conviction.
    “Drunk drivers are a threat to every single law-abiding citizen of Phelps County and the State of Missouri. If a person chooses to drive drunk, repeatedly, then they deserve to be locked up,” Beger said. “My office will continue to strive to protect the citizens of Phelps County from drunk drivers.”

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