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Bass sentenced for drunk-driving crash
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A drunk driver who caused a crash on Yager Road that sent her passenger to the hospital will serve five days in jail.
The woman, Ann H. Bass, 69, was directed by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to serve five days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence, pay $400 plus costs, perform 24 hours public service work, and lose her driver license for one year for reckless endangerment and DUI.
Her sentence comes for a one-vehicle crash on Yager Road in March in which she ran off the road into a ditch in a 1991 Dodge Dakota. Both she and her passenger, Paul Martin, suffered head lacerations. Deputies say she had a strong smell of alcohol on her person and there were several beer cans in the wrecked car. She also admitted to drinking beer earlier that day.
In addition to her drunk-driving crash, Bass was sentenced for abusing an elderly man in her care. Investigators say they answered a call with adult protective services in which the victim said Bass had hit him and that he had not eaten that day. The responding deputy said he saw Bass hit the elderly victim on top of his head while he was there investigating the claim.
Her sentence for the assault, however, will run concurrently with her sentence for the drunk driving incident.