A 24-year-old Independence man was charged Monday with being a habitual drunken driver after an Independence woman was killed in a head-on collision early Saturday.
According to court documents, Carl-Dakota A. Young admitted he had been drinking and had fallen asleep before the Chevrolet Silverado he was driving struck a Ford Focus about 4:30 a.m. at Truman Road and Baker Drive. Patrice N. Lee, 45, died at the scene.
Police found Young sitting on the curb. He was taken to a hospital with a broken wrist and a cut above his eye. When police interviewed him, Young allegedly said he had been drinking Jack Daniels and Coke at a bar in Grain Valley but felt he was capable of driving.
The probable cause statement said Young had no prior alcohol offenses. But the one-count complaint filed in Jackson County Circuit Court charges him with being a habitual DWI offender who, if convicted, will be required to serve two years in prison before being eligible for probation or parole. Bond was set at $150,000 cash.