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Wake County Woman Drinks in Wrong Place, Wrong Time

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RALEIGH — A woman ordered to stay away from booze after pleading guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter following an alcohol-related wreck is in trouble again.

Wake County prosecutor Jeffrey Cruden was watching the N.C.A.A. basketball tournament at a Raleigh bar last week when Jennifer Hardin walked in.

Cruden says Hardin ordered beer and announced that she had a hard day's work was going to get drunk. Bad move.

Cruden prosecuted Hardin after she plowed her car into another vehicle in June 1996, killing a 65-year-old man and an 18-year-old special education student.

Hardin was given a suspended sentence and probation, ordered to spend 10 weekends in jail, and prohibited from drinking any alcohol for five years.

Cruden called Hardin's probation officer from the bar, then watched as she continued to drink beer.

Hardin was arrested this week for violating probation. If a judge determines that she violated her probation, she will have to serve her prison sentence.


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