WEST PALM BEACH, Fla – On Friday, March 20, 2015, the Palm Beach County Circuit Court was the scene of a highly-emotional hearing. Lisa Stubblefield was sentenced to 6 ½ years for a DUI crash that left a driver in a medically-induced coma.
In a single day last March, Stubblefield changed lives forever. Hers, her child’s, and the innocent driver of a vehicle. It was the day that Stubblefield chose to end her two year stint with sobriety.
The 43-year-old woman assaulted her teenage daughter in what can only be called a rage. She then left her daughter on the side of the road, ultimately crashing into another car. That car was driven by Malcolm Berrian 24, who was present for the sentencing.
Last March, Stubblefield, known by friends and family to use alcohol to combat her depression, picked up her daughter from a volleyball game at Boca Raton High School. Stubblefield was intoxicated. Her daughter pled with her not to drive to no avail. The daughter was eventually able to exit the vehicle when Stubblefield pulled into McDonald’s on Clint Moore Road.
Stubblefield chased after her daughter, grabbing at her hair and clothing inside of the restaurant. Workers were forced to separate the two, and Stubblefield drove off.
Some hours later, Stubblefield drove through a red light at U.S. 441 and Belvedere Road. While crossing through the intersection, Stubblefield crashed into the car driven by Berrian. The man suffered lacerations, a broken leg, and a serious head injury in the collision. A blood sample showed Stubblefield’s blood alcohol level to be 0.132. The legal limit in Florida is 0.08.
Berrian, who was permitted to give a statement at the sentencing hearing, told the court that he suffers from short-term memory loss, persistent leg pain, and flashbacks.
According to Stubblefield’s attorney, Jack Fleischman, the woman was trying to cope with the loss of two family members and turned to alcohol to help her do so. Stubblefield’s attorney is hopeful, though doubtful, that she will get the help she needs while in prison.
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