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Tualatin woman loses license after DUII crash

A Tualatin woman responsible for a three-vehicle crash that briefly closed Highway 99W last November has been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, resulting in a lifetime revocation of her license.

Kathie Elizabeth Watson, 54, was also convicted of third-degree assault and sentenced to 13 months in prison, as a result of the Nov. 26, 2013, incident where she failed to stop at a red light while traveling southbound on Southwest Cipole Road. According to law enforcement, Watson was driving a 2011 Toyota Rav4 that she then “t-boned” into a black 2006 Hyundai Accent sedan that was traveling west on Highway 99. Watson then spun out and hit another vehicle, a 2006 Hyundai Elantra, also traveling west on Highway 99.

All three vehicles were towed from the scene of the crash. Only Watson was transported to Oregon Health and Sciences University hospital facilities, where she received treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening.

During her Aug. 29 sentencing, Watson was also given two years of post-prison supervision. During this time, the court recommended alcohol treatment and counseling, that Watson attend a victim impact panel, and that she receive a no-contact order regarding the accident victims.

Washington County deputy district attorney John Gerhard explained court recommendations are enforced only at the discretion of the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision.

Gerhard said Watson had a prior conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol, dating back to 2007. She also had a 2009 conviction for driving while suspended or revoked.

Watson was also ordered to pay $2,400 in fines and $255 in fees, to be deducted from bail money she posted.

Watson was represented by a private attorney. Restitution costs were covered by her auto insurance, Gerhard confirmed.




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