Woman in DUI crash with bike taxi sentenced to 24 hours of community service

Updated: May. 16, 2019 at 11:23 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A woman who was caught on video hitting a bike taxi driver in downtown Charleston and was later charged with DUI has pleaded guilty.

Kacey Jay, 24, was sentenced to 24 hours of community service Thursday morning.

On the night of Oct. 30, 2018, video captured by a motorist shows an SUV striking a taxi and driving off.

The SUV is then seen being followed by the driver capturing the video and another motorist in a white truck.

Near the end of the video, the white truck is seen blocking the SUV in the area of Calhoun and King streets, and the driver of the truck appears to take away the SUV driver’s keys.

Officials with the Charleston Police Department say a call about the incident came in at 8:32 p.m.

“This lady hit a rickshaw and she left the scene,” a 911 caller said over the phone. “And we chased her down and I got her car keys and we’re blocking Calhoun Street right now.”

The officers who responded to the incident found Jay sitting on a bench near King and Calhoun Streets and immediately smelled alcohol on her breath, the incident report stated.

Jay admitted to officers that she was driving the 2007 Honda Pilot seen in the video and told officers, " I just tried to merge into a lane that was straight or not straight."

She also claimed the car behind her beeped at her and also said, “I honestly don’t know totally what happened,” and “I wouldn’t cut anybody off on purpose."

At one point in a police video the arresting officer tells Jay that he has to transport her to a hospital because she was involved in a collision.

Jay is then heard asking the officer if she was in a collision.

“Were we in a collision?,” Jay asks the officer."I don’t really know what the [expletive] happened.That seemed a little bit dramatic."

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