Lawrence woman charged with DUI, aggravated battery after wreck injures 1

photo by: Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Autumn S. Hale, pictured Aug. 13, 2019

Story updated at 10:15 a.m. Thursday

A Lawrence woman has been charged with a felony and a DUI in Douglas County District Court after a car accident injured one person.

Autumn Sky Hale, 43, was reportedly eastbound on East 19th Street in a Toyota Camry around 1:24 a.m. Tuesday, near the intersection with Haskell Avenue.

The Camry was approaching a flashing red traffic light, Sgt. Amy Rhoads, of the Lawrence Police Department, said via email. A Pontiac Grand Prix northbound on Haskell Avenue had a flashing yellow light, she said.

The Camry stopped at the light and then proceeded into the intersection, striking the Grand Prix on the driver’s side, Rhoads said. The driver of the Grand Prix was taken to a local hospital for injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, Rhoads said.

Hale was booked into the Douglas County Jail shortly thereafter, and on Tuesday afternoon, she was charged with aggravated battery, a low-level felony, and driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor.

She was released on a $4,000 own-recognizance bond and is scheduled to appear in court again Aug. 20.


Correction: Information provided by the Lawrence Police Department incorrectly referenced the cars involved in the crash. Autumn Sky Hale was driving the Toyota Camry, which was approaching the flashing red light. The driver of the Pontiac Grand Prix, which had a flashing yellow light, was hit and taken to the hospital.

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