Grand Jury Indicts Man Over Guide Dog Hit-And-Run
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 19, 2006
HILLSBOROUGH, NORTH CAROLINA--A grand jury has indicted a man who allegedly ran over a blind student and her guide dog, then fled the scene last October.
Stephen White Coffee, 27, was indicted on charges of felony harming an animal, felony hit and run, reckless driving, driving while a license is revoked, driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and injury to property. The grand jury indictments mean that his charges will be transferred from district court to superior court, according to the Herald-Sun.
Coffee reportedly showed a blood alcohol level of 0.16 percent, which is twice the legal limit for drinking and driving in the state, when police arrested him on the morning of October 5.
Investigators said Coffee veered off the road and struck Danielle Iredale, 22, and her German Shepard, Inka, as they waited at a bus stop early that morning.
Iredale suffered a broken leg and other injuries. Inka was later found dead more than 50 feet from where she was struck.
Coffee continued driving up the street to his apartment, where officers found him shortly after the incident.