A Niles woman has been charged with aggravated vehicular assault and other charges stemming from a Christmas Day accident at Routes 82 and 7 in Brookfield, according to court records.
Tonja R. Freeman, 55, is being held in the Trumbull County Jail. She was scheduled to be arraigned by video today (Dec. 28) in Trumbull County Eastern District Court.
Freeman also was charged with hit-skip, driving under the influence, driving under suspension and assured clear distance, court records indicate.
A request for a report has been submitted to Brookfield police, who filed the charges.
The passenger of the suspected at-fault vehicle in a Christmas Day crash in Brookfield suffered two broken hips, seven broken ribs, a broken nose and a large cut on her head that required 16 stitches, Brookfield police said.
The driver, Tonja R. Freeman, 55, of Niles, was arraigned Dec. 28 on felony charges of aggravated vehicular assault and hit-skip and misdemeanor charges of drunken driving, driving under suspension and assured clear distance.
Trumbull County Eastern District Court Judge Marty Nosich ordered Freeman held in Trumbull County Jail without bond and set a preliminary hearing for Dec. 30.
Brookfield police said Freeman was westbound on Route 82 when she ran her car into the back of one that had just pulled away from a traffic signal that had turned green at Route 7. Driver Willy Mclallen told police the force of the crash pushed his vehicle 380 feet before he got it stopped, police said.
Freeman pulled to the side of the road, and then took off, police said.
Vienna police found Freeman’s disabled car with Freeman and her passenger, Delphine E. Henderson, who lives at the same address as Freeman, in it about two miles from the crash scene, police said.
Henderson was taken to a hospital, and Freeman was given field sobriety tests, which she failed, police said. A breath test gave a reading of 0.115, which is above the legal limit of 0.08.