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Woman Held In Deadly Crash Outside Keeneland Was Convicted Of DUI In 2016

Posted at 4:22 PM, May 07, 2019

(LEX 18) — A woman charged with drunken driving in a crash that killed a motorcyclist outside of Keeneland previously received probation in Minnesota after being convicted of driving under the influence.

Lexington police say that on Sunday night, 37-year-old Allison Rhoads turned left onto Rice Road and hit 30-year-old motorcyclist Dustin Makaris. They report that he had the right of way.

The Fayette County coroner says that Makaris died from his injuries later at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Rhoads’ arrest citation says that she told police that she consumed one Bourbon Ale beer prior to driving.

She was arraigned Monday.

According to Anoka County district records in Minnesota, Rhoads was charged and convicted of 4th-degree driving under the influence in March 2016.

Those court documents say that on March 13, 2016, just before 1:30 a.m., an Anoka County Sheriff’s deputy observed a motor vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed. He said that he saw the vehicle hardly slow down and drive through a stop sign at an estimated 50 m.p.h.

The deputy identified the driver as Rhoads. The documents say that he noted her speech was slow and slurred and her eyes were red and watery. He also wrote that she admitted to consuming some alcohol prior to driving the vehicle.

Court records show she was sentenced to probation.

On Monday, she asked a Kentucky judge to be released from jail. He denied the request.

Prosecutors are reviewing whether to seek upgraded charges as the family of Makaris grieves their loss.