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Waterloo woman sentenced to seven years for aggravated DUI crash

Katherine A. Brinkley
Katherine A. Brinkley

A 27-year-old Waterloo woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison nearly one year after she was involved in a crash that injured two teens in Columbia.

Katherine A. Brinkley, of Waterloo, was sentenced Thursday. She pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of aggravated DUI.

Brinkley was also ordered to pay more than $545,000 in restitution to the victims.

The circuit clerk’s office said Brinkley was already serving time when the seven-year sentence was handed down, and she was credited 183 days for time already served.

Brinkley was being held Monday at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, where she is also serving time for two separate St. Clair County convictions unrelated to the crash.

Brinkley was sentenced to three years after she was convicted of aggravated battery to a victim older than 60. When Brinkley was arrested, St. Clair County authorities alleged that she put her hands around the victim’s neck, slapped him and struck his face. Earlier in 2015, Brinkley was also arrested and sentenced to one year in prison on a drug charge. Brinkley faced all of the charges, as well as the DUI crash, within a two-month span.

Previous reports said the crash happened the night of July 15 on Veterans Parkway in Columbia. Police said Brinkley was northbound on Admiral Parkway in a 2001 Lexus SUV when she entered the intersection with Veterans Parkway and collided with an eastbound 2009 Pontiac G6 driven by Brett Luther, 18, of Columbia.

A 17-year-old girl in the car with Luther was trapped and had to be extricated. An ARCH helicopter transported her to St. Anthony’s Medical Center in South St. Louis County. The driver, Luther, also was hurt and was taken by ambulance to St. Anthony’s.

Brinkley did not require medical treatment at the scene.

Kaitlyn Schwers: 618-239-2526, @kaitlynschwers