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Local woman arraigned on felony DUI charge for Christmas crash

January 2, 2013

Moss arrested after collision injures teen passenger

By KRIS REILLY, Editor

A Lucerne Valley woman was arraigned last week on a felony drunk driving charge after crashing a car and injuring her teenage passenger, authorities said.

Helen Rose Moss, 28, was driving a sedan eastbound on Old Woman Springs Road (Highway 247) in the area of Dallas Avenue at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Moss was traveling at 60-to-70 miles per hour and passing other vehicles, California Highway Patrol Officer Joaquin Zubieta said. As the car completed a pass and came back into the eastbound lane, it veered into the shoulder, Zubieta said.

Moss apparently overcorrected and rolled the car. No other vehicles were involved.

The passenger, a male teen, suffered a possible concussion and was transported from the scene by ground ambulance. Moss suffered lacerations to her arms, Zubieta said.

Moss was given a field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of causing bodily injury to another person while driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content above the legal limit. A special enhancement was added to the charge due to a prior prison term; Moss would be eligible for state prison time if convicted.

Court records show Moss pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Dec. 27.

She was being held on $150,000 bail at the Victor Valley Jail with her next hearing scheduled for Jan. 7 at the Victorville Courthouse.