Penny Douglas

An 18-year-old Victor woman was arrested on three felony criminal endangerment counts after she allegedly made an unexpected U-turn because she feared she was running out of gas.

The accident occurred in September, but has been under investigation by the Montana Highway Patrol.

According to court documents, Penny Viktora Douglas was traveling on Highway 93 between Hamilton and the Woodside Cutoff about 9 p.m. Sept. 10 when she attempted to make a U-turn across all of the traffic lanes. She allegedly caused a crash with another vehicle, which had two children in the car. They were injured as well as the driver, who was trapped and had to be extricated.

After the crash, Douglas’ blood was drawn and it allegedly tested positive for THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana, and lorazepam, a sedative.

She was booked into the Ravalli County Detention Center Nov. 10 on the three criminal endangerment counts, along with a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of drugs and not wearing a seatbelt. Douglas was released Nov. 14 on her own recognizance.

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