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Sep 24, 2012 3:03 PM

Woman Apologizes, Is Sentenced In Controversial Woodford County DUI Case

A Woodford County woman who was held in contempt of court after ignoring a judge's order to close her Facebook account after she made light of a hit and run DUI crash that she caused made a plea deal in the case Monday.

Woodford District Judge Mary Jane Phelps warned Paula Asher over her Facebook postings about a serious DUI crash that happened on July 20. Asher didn't listen, and ended up in jail.

Police say Asher drove drunk and t-boned another car with four people in it, then left the scene of the accident. The crash landed her in hot water, but so did her Facebook comments. "I didn't think 'lol' would put me in jail," said Asher.

After the crash, Asher posted the following on her Facebook page: "my dumb (expletive) got a dui and I hit a car...lol."

Some parents of the teenagers in the other car read the comments and told the court. That's when Phelps ordered Asher to close her Facebook account, but she didn't. "I really wasn't trying to make fun of (the crash)," claims Asher.

The judge found Asher in contempt of court and put her in jail for two days when she ignored the order and kept her Facebook account. "I had to go pull my time in," said Asher. "I did and they said I'm not allowed to have Facebook."

In court Monday, Asher apologized directly to the parents of a teen hurt in the DUI crash, and the parents said they accepted the apology. Asher was sentenced to 30 days in jail for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident and was given three days credit for time served. She was also ordered to enter a substance abuse program.

Asher says she's learned her lesson. "I apologize to everybody," she said. "I apologize to the judge. I didn't mean to hurt anybody."

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