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Warrant issued for accused drunk driver

by KAYE THORNBRUGH
Staff Writer | October 26, 2021 1:00 AM

COEUR d’ALENE — A woman accused of causing a head-on crash while driving drunk is wanted on a no-bond warrant after she allegedly violated the terms of her release from jail.

Corina R. Larabee, 37, of Rathdrum, is charged with aggravated DUI and injury to a child, both felonies, for a crash that occurred earlier this year.

Deputies with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office responded around 5:30 p.m. on May 5 to a two-vehicle crash in the area of Meyer Road and Wyoming Avenue.

Larabee was reportedly traveling northbound on Meyer Road with a child in the passenger seat when she crossed the center line and hit another car.

Rathdrum resident Lee Gibson told The Press he was sitting on his back porch with family when the crash occurred in the street near his home.

“We heard and felt the impact,” he said. “We felt the concussion in the air.”

His brother, John Gibson, said he rushed to check on the people involved in the crash while others called 911.

“The two cars were decimated,” he said.

First responders had to remove the doors of both vehicles to extract the passengers.

The driver of the other car was transported to Kootenai Health via Life Flight, police said. She reportedly sustained multiple broken bones and severe internal injuries.

Larabee, who was not injured in the crash, reportedly provided breath samples of 0.17 and 0.16 — about twice the legal limit.

According to reports, she told police she had a margarita at lunch.

Police arrested Larabee at the scene. She later posted $50,000 bail.

She has no previous criminal history, according to court documents.

The conditions of Larabee’s release included mandatory testing for alcohol and drugs several times a month.

Prosecutors said Larabee tested positive for alcohol earlier this month and had multiple “abnormal” test results between August and September.

First District Judge Cynthia Meyer signed a warrant for Larabee’s arrest Monday.

Larabee is to be held without bond after her arrest, according to court documents.

Aggravated DUI is punishable by a maximum 15-year sentence, while felony injury to a child is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

A jury trial is scheduled for January.

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