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Man Accused of Drunk Driving Runs Into 3 Women

Mug Shot - Gary E. Garten

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 55-year-old man got drunk Sunday and injured three pedestrians after he passed the car in front of him near a popular St. Thomas nightspot, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Police were dispatched to Nicholas Friday Drive at 12:46 a.m. September 20 after getting a report that pedestrians had been struck by a vehicle, the VIPD said.

According to the report, three female pedestrians were crossing the street south from Duffy’s Love Shack located in Red Hook when a vehicle traveling east stopped in front of a speed bump to allow the women to cross the road, police said.

The women were walking into the west-bound lane when the driver of a Nissan Frontier passed the vehicle that had stopped in front of him and the car struck the three women, according to police.

The victims were rushed to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital having sustained non-life threatening injuries. One woman got a bruise on her head, a broken front tooth and several cuts on her face and body, police said. The second woman had cuts on her leg and injured her back, while the third woman hurt her back, authorities said.
The women were kept under observation at the hospital temporarily. Their medical condition was unknown at present.
Gary E. Garten of Sapphire, the operator of the Nissan Frontier was arrested and charged with driving under the influence DUI / negligent driving.

Bail for Garten was set at $500.00 by the Superior Court.


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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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