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Stembridge given 2 days for DUI, near-miss with trooper
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A drunk driver who nearly slammed into a state trooper with her 4-year-old child in the backseat has been given two days in jail.The woman, April M. Stembridge, 39, entered guilty pleas to charges of DUI and reckless endangerment. She was directed to serve 48 hours of an 11-month, 29-day sentence, pay $350 plus costs, perform 24 hours public service work and lose her license for one year.Her time, which she is set to serve next month, comes after she narrowly missed colliding with Highway Patrolman Gary Myers as he was traveling on Manchester Highway this past summer. The trooper said Stembridge crossed the highway as she approached him, traveling in the opposite direction.“Her maroon SUV traveled across the four-lane highway into the westbound lane from the eastbound lane and almost collided with my patrol unit,” the trooper reported.The officer turned around and fell in behind the SUV and noted the driver was not right.“I observed it traveling in the middle lane where it came to a stop,” Myers said, adding the driver seemed highly intoxicated when he tried to talk to her.