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Bond dropped for woman charged with DWI while awaiting hit-and-run fatality trial

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Posted: Aug 17, 2011 9:28 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Aug 17, 2011 9:28 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: bond, Fitzpatrick, DWI, hit-and-run, Hadley, court, Ascension Parish

BATON ROUGE- A woman facing a $100,000 bond for a DWI arrest, following a December arrest for a deadly hit-and-run crash, is now looking at just about 10-percent of that amount, instead.

34-year-old Kathleen Fitzpatrick was set to go to trial in less than a month for the accident that killed 22-year-old Crisy Hadley. Fitzpatrick was pulled over, in the same vehicle she's accused of hitting Hadley with, three-weeks ago, with alcohol in the car and a blood alcohol level three-times the legal limit.

Wednesday, the defense attorney for Kathleen Fitzpatrick argued improper paperwork from the DWI arrest was keeping his client in jail unfairly. Judge Marilyn Lambert agreed and pulled the big bond, but re-arrested Fitzpatrick on the spot, with the proper paperwork, and only about an $11,000 bond.

But several restrictions are part of being released on bond for Fitzpatrick, including an alcohol monitoring bracelet, a home confinement bracelet, an evaluation for alcohol abuse and no driving.

Fitzpatrick's family and attorney would not comment, but Hadley's family says despite the glitch in the system, they're glad for the tougher rules on the bond.

The District Attorney's Office says it has already taken the first step to revoking Fitzpatrick's bond from the hit and run case, because of the DWI charge. That hearing has not yet been set.

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