Police: Intoxicated woman trying to buy alcohol allegedly assaults clerk, drives off and causes 4-vehicle crash in Williamsburg


Carrie Ann Yates (Photo courtesy: VPRJ)

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — James City County police said an intoxicated woman attempting to buy alcohol at a store Wednesday afternoon allegedly assaulted a clerk, drove off and caused a four-vehicle crash along Merrimac Trail.

The crash left a 53-year-old man with life-threatening injuries.

Police said Carrie Ann Yates, 41, of Quinton, is charged with driving while intoxicated, felony DUI maiming, and failure to obey a red light and expired registration. Additional charges are expected, police said.

Police said Yates had been at the Speedway store on 2nd Street in Williamsburg attempting to buy alcohol just before the crash, which happened around 3:50 p.m.

The clerk denied the sale because Yates appeared intoxicated, police said. Yates allegedly assaulted the clerk then got into a 2001 BMW.

She allegedly drove east on Merrimac Trail “at a high rate of speed.” As the vehicle approached the intersection of Penniman Road, Yates’ vehicle drove through a red light and hit a 1999 Toyota pickup truck.

That truck then went into the westbound lanes of Merrimac Trail, where it hit two other vehicles, a 2019 Honda Civic and 2010 Honda Pilot.

The driver of the truck, a 53-year-old man from Williamsburg, was airlifted to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News with life-threatening injuries. Police believe he wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

As of Friday, the man was still in critical condition and on life support, police said.

The Honda Civic’s driver, a 22-year-old woman from York County, didn’t have visible injuries. Her vehicle sustained significant damage.

The Honda Pilot’s driver was a 53-year-old woman from James City County. She also didn’t have visible injuries, but the vehicle was significantly damaged.

Meanwhile, Yates was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center with injuries that weren’t considered serious.

She was treated and released and charged with driving while intoxicated. She was released on a summons.

One day later, Yates was arrested and taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail in Williamsburg. Police said she was previously convicted of four counts of probation violation in Henrico County Circuit Court in April 2018 and sentenced to 11 years, 15 months and 10 days in jail. Most of that sentence was suspended and was released on probation on Dec. 20, 2018.

The DUI arrest on Wednesday violated the terms of the release.

As of Friday, Yates was still being held at the VPRJ without bond.

The investigation is ongoing.

James City County police said the Speedway store is in York County and therefore the assault investigation is being done by the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office.

Merrimac Trail was still closed to through traffic for much of the evening after the crash.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates.

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