Diversion program for Poulsbo woman who crashed vehicle on Fjord Drive

POULSBO — A Poulsbo woman suspected of driving under the influence when her vehicle flipped and crashed near her home on Fjord Drive near Sommerseth Street has entered a diversion program.

Kristie D. Sabado pleaded not guilty on Sept. 6. Her lawyer, Steve Bennett of Silverdale, declined to comment about the case. The prosecutor is Lael Carlson.

Carlson said Sabado entered into a pre-trial diversion agreement on Oct. 21. “The agreement says that we will dismiss the charge after two years, provided she is in full compliance at that time,” Carlson emailed in response to Herald questions about the case. Compliance requires no new criminal law violations during those two years, proof of completion within 90 days of participation in a DUI Victim’s Panel, participation in defensive driving school and alcohol/drug information school, and payment of all court costs.

“She has already completed the alcohol assessment requirement,” Carlson wrote, adding, “If she fails to do one of those requirements, or gets a new law violation, we would file a motion to revoke the agreement.”

The crash occurred May 17. Witnesses said Sabado was driving south on Fjord Drive when her Ford Explorer went off the roadway, narrowly missed a parked car, struck a whiskey-barrel planter, sideswiped a telephone pole and then flipped onto its top and skidded across the roadway. She was alone in the vehicle when the crash occurred, according to law enforcement reports.

Sabado failed a field sobriety test. “Her actions were slow and lethargic,” a police sergeant reported at the time. “Her speech was slow as well. I also noticed her pupils were extremely small.” Because there was no odor of alcohol, Washington State Patrol was called in to determine if she was impaired.

Blood tests showed she had two types of prescription medications in her system, according to Washington State Patrol toxicology report. Sabado told officers she had prescriptions for those medications, according to the incident report.

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