Woman flips car in DWI wreck


Photo courtesy of Steven Jackson Heather Collins, of Rockingham, was charged Thursday with driving while impaired after she allegedly stole her boyfriend’s car and wrecked it in a ditch in the Cordova community.

Photo courtesy of Steven Jackson Heather Collins, of Rockingham, was charged Thursday with driving while impaired after she allegedly took her boyfriend’s car without permission and wrecked it in a ditch in the Cordova community.

CORDOVA — A Rockingham woman is facing several charges after state troopers say she overturned her boyfriend’s car in a ditch on Roslyn Road near Craig Street and Duncan’s Convenience Store in the Cordova community.

Heather Collins, 35, took a 2006 silver Chevy Cobalt without permission from her boyfriend and wrecked it around 11 a.m. Thursday while driving impaired, according to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Lauren Palmiter.

Collins had minor scrapes and bruises, Palmiter said, and was taken to FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital where she was later released.

She was charged with driving while impaired, driving with a revoked license from a previous DWI, reckless driving, failure to wear a seat belt and failing to maintain lane control.

Palmiter said the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is handling those charges and another charge could be added if the car’s owner decides to prosecute for unauthorized use of the vehicle.

An incident report from the Sheriff’s office was not available Thursday evening.

Collins’ criminal history dates back to 1998 when she was convicted of reckless driving and a Level 4 DWI and possession of a Schedule VI narcotic in 1999, followed by convictions in 2000 of forgery, child abuse and driving with a revoked license.

In 2001, she was again convicted of driving with a revoked license along with disorderly conduct, cheating property/services. Collins was convicted of obtaining property by false pretense in 2008 and communicating threats in 2009.

Reach reporter Matt Harrelson at 910-817-2674, listen to him at 12:10 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on WAYN 900 AM and follow him on Twitter @mattyharrelson.

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