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Teen, accused of hitting firefighters, charged with DWI

Posted January 5, 2009
Updated January 7, 2009

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— Greensboro police accused a teen driver of being impaired when she allegedly drove through a wreck scene, injuring two firefighters Sunday.

WFMY-TV reported that Kristin Spires, 16, faces charges of driving while impaired, along with other traffic violations.

Investigators say that Spires ignored emergency lights and road flares and drove through the scene of an earlier wreck at Creekridge and Randleman roads around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Her car struck and injured firefighters J.N. Harvey and L.D. Boone and hit another vehicle before heading away.

Greensboro police officers stopped Spires a few blocks away and tested her for drugs and alcohol.

Harvey and Boone were treated at Moses Cone Hospital. Harvey returned to duty the same day.

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  • 2beachy4u Jan 8, 2009

    This 16 year old girl did no different than thousands of adults do all of the time. Pushing the driving age to 21 inconveniences everyone. Responsible teen drivers should not be punished because of her actions. I say we have a much stricter punishment for the ones who break this law and maybe this will eliminate it. However, what was a 16 year old doing driving around drunk at 3:30am anyways? Where were her parents? Did they know where she was? Hmmm....makes you wonder!

  • ladyblue Jan 6, 2009

    I say they need to take this girls's licenses until she's 25 and sober.

  • Justin T. Jan 6, 2009

    I say we add a few more penalties for DWI/DUI. There should be enough flexibility in the system to allow an inexperienced driver who injures people to get a harsher sentence, not just keep all kids from driving until they're 21.

    There are plenty of responsible teen drivers and they shouldn't be punished for the actions of their peers.

    How about losing your license for 3 (or 5) years if you hurt someone else if you are under 21?

  • bottleworks Jan 6, 2009

    Teen drivers should be able to drive. Just not this one. Pushing up the driving age to 21 is ignorant.

  • bottleworks Jan 6, 2009

    She should have not be allowed to have a license...Ever.

  • Dolphan Jan 6, 2009

    "She needs to have her DL gone for good..."

    Woa easy there chief. She's only 16. She's immature, made some serious errors in judgment (parents did too) and is extremely lucky no one was killed. I'm all for some kind of punishment and some serious lessons taught here but she should not be banned for life from driving.

  • NavySrChiefswife Jan 6, 2009

    Please correct if I am wrong-- in the "eyes" of the legal system isn't the parent responsible for the actions of their children if under 18?

  • Dolphan Jan 6, 2009

    dcatz all teen's are not bad drivers, if they don't get to drive until they are in there 20's, they will still be just learning to drive, and will still be just as crazy. More 20 year olds drive imparied than 16 year olds. How are were you when you got your license?

    See I don't agree here. I know how I was when I was a 16 yr old driver. Very carefree and immature. I think moving the driving age to 21 would be a great idea. Granted you will still be on a learning curve at 21 but your maturity level *should* be higher.

  • raggy831 Jan 6, 2009

    dcatz all teen's are not bad drivers, if they don't get to drive until they are in there 20's, they will still be just learning to drive, and will still be just as crazy. More 20 year olds drive imparied than 16 year olds. How are were you when you got your license?

  • Air Biscuit Jan 6, 2009

    OMG OMG Daddy! Can you , like, come and tell these guys in big coats that they were, like in my wayyyyy!

    I wonder if she was texting as well as driving drunk.

    This is absolutely ridiculous...however, if her parents are loaded, she'll get a good lawyer and get off.

    Hate it for the firemen.

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