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Lancaster mom charged with DUI, child endangerment after Mother’s Day crash

McCorkle
McCorkle

A Lancaster mother charged with driving under the influence on Mothers Day showed no concerns for her two children who were in the backseat of her van when she crashed into a brick wall at a gas station, according to Rock Hill Police.

Kimberly Dawn McCorkle, 39, of Rondo Lane in Lancaster, was charged with two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child, DUI and driving under suspension, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

The collision happened just after 11 a.m. Sunday at the QuickTrip on South Cherry Road, according to a police report. Witnesses told officers they saw a woman in a van drive recklessly through the station’s parking lot, hitting a curb, a hill and a brick wall.

One witness said she approached the van after the crash and saw two boys in the van “in tears and in shock from the accident,” the report states. She tried to get the children out but their mother, McCorkle, stopped her and said she didn’t want assistance or the police called.

McCorkle had difficulty locating her documentation and became combative with officers, a report states said. She failed multiple field sobriety tests, and during testing “continued to be combative, aggressive and did not have any concerns towards her injuries nor her children’s injuries.”

After testing, an officer tried to talk with McCorkle about any medical concerns and she repeatedly said she wanted a cigarette, police said. Officers reviewed surveillance footage at the gas station that showed McCorkle’s vehicle speeding in the gas station area, spinning tires, striking curbs, traveling up a hill and becoming airborne until it hit a retaining wall 8 feet above the bottom of the hill near the gas station entrance on Cherry Road. The van then rolled back downhill while customers were still nearby.

The two boys did not have to be transported, and were handed over to their grandmother, said Rock Hill Police spokesman Mark Bollinger.

McCorkle provided a breath sample that yielded a .04 percent blood-alcohol content. Officers also found “marijuana pieces” inside a black container that were located along with prescription pills that McCorkle said were hers after being read her Miranda warning.

McCorkle refused to submit a blood or urine sample and also refused to sign a notice of suspension form.

Teddy Kulmala •  803-329-4082

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