Woman, 56, convicted of 5th DUI in Lancaster County
EAST COCALICO TOWNSHIP, Pa.–A Chester County woman was convicted of her fifth DUI in Lancaster County court last week, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office.
Kelly Bianchini, 56, of Malvern, plead guilty on Oct. 8 to her fifth DUI conviction since 2007, prosecutors said. The incident happened on March 15 in East Cocalico Township. Officers were called to the Citgo gas station on North Reading Road after a vehicle jumped the curb at a high rate of speed and then was parked across multiple parking spaces. The driver, later identified as Bianchini, was seen staggering as she walked.
Bianchini told officers she had drank wine and was taking prescription medication before refusing a blood test.
A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled. Bianchini could serve a minimum 1-year prison term for being a repeat offender, prosecutors said.
Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman has said about 20 percent of all impaired drivers charged in Lancaster County have priors DUIs.
So far this year, more than 225 new DUI charges involve repeat offenders, prosecutors said.