Accidents lead to DWI charges

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Two people were charged with drunken driving in separate accidents in Rome within the same hour Saturday night, according to law enforcement officials.

Police said Jay E. Howell, 26, of North Levitt Street, collided with another vehicle in the 400 block of N. Levitt St. at about 7:10 p.m. Saturday. Police said Howell has been charged with driving while intoxicated. The crash remains under investigation.

Police said Samantha R. Lubey, 38, of West Court Street, crashed into a utility pole at the intersection of West Liberty and North George streets at about 7:53 p.m. Saturday. Police said Lubey registered a blood alcohol content of 0.12%.

Lubey is charged with one count each of driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or greater, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, speeding and unsafe lane change.

Both Howell and Lubey are scheduled to appear in City Court.

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