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St. Croix Woman No Longer In Custody After Leaving DUI Accident Scene: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — A Grove Place woman faces multiple DUI-related charges after police say she left an accident scene near the Sunshine Mall, authorities said.

Rashema A. “Bam Bam” George, 29, of St. Croix Mutual Homes, was arrested at 5:11 p.m. Sunday and charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquor, negligent driving, and leaving the scene of an accident, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The police report stated that George was involved in an auto accident with another vehicle on the Queen Mary Highway near the Sunshine Mall intersection and left the scene, according to the VIPD.

The driver of the other car flagged an officer down and reported the accident, along with the license plate of the vehicle that left the scene, VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

“Officers were able to locate the vehicle a short time afterwards, contacted George and noticed the strong odor of alcohol on her breath,” Derima said. “The Field Sobriety tests were administered as a result, which George failed. She was then placed under arrest.”

George surrendered her Virgin Islands Driver’s License in lieu of bail and was scheduled to appear in Superior Court for an advice-of-rights hearing the next day.

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John McCarthy

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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