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Convicted drunk driver due in court

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PRESTONVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A woman who took a plea deal in a deadly crash in 2006 will head back to court Monday on new charges.

Rebecca Johnson is facing charges of intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of synthetic marijuana.

Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman said on January 16, they got a call about a problem near the ABC Liquor Store in Prestonville.

The caller complained there were two people that had been sitting in a car for a while outside the liquor store and they seemed highly intoxicated.

The sheriff told us, when he and a deputy got there, that was the case. "She did become belligerent and was helped to the cruiser by the deputy," Kinman said of Johnson.

Johnson who was in the passenger seat was charged with public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia and synthetic marijuana. The sheriff says he didn't know Johnson was on probation so she got out of jail the next day.

In 2006, police said Johnson was speeding and drunk when she crashed her car into a railroad gate at Chamberlain Lane and LaGrange Road killing her passengers, fellow classmates Justin Cantrell and Ben McIntosh.

In a plea deal, Johnson's murder charges were amended to manslaughter.

On July 27, 2007 Johnson was sentenced. She was told to stay clean and out of trouble on supervised probation for five years and she wouldn't have to serve a day of her 10 year sentence.

Just six months short of that deadline, the now 26-year-old was arrested.

Prosecutors tell WAVE 3 News any violation could compromise Johnson's freedom.

A spokesman with the Commonwealth Attorney's Office in Jefferson County tells WAVE 3, if found guilty on the recent charge, Johnson could face full supervision or they could make a motion to revoke her probation.

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