GATESVILLE, N.C. (WAVY) – A Suffolk woman is free on bond, after a district judge did not affirm a previously determined sentence for drunk driving.
Alexandria Ferguson, 44, has been arrested for DUI seven times, and found guilty five times since 2001 in cases in Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina. The Gates County case would be her second conviction in North Carolina.
District Attorney Andrew Womble told 10 On Your Side Ferguson’s sentence would be 24 months, with six months active jail time, and she would be ordered to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet for two years. However District Judge Eula Reid refused to affirm those terms.
“This is a sentence I would not give under these circumstances,” Reid said Monday morning in court, with no further details on her decision. Reid then continued the sentencing to November 9.
Representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving have been watching Ferguson’s case closely.
“This is the most outrageous case I have ever been involved with, ever,” said Kaye Walsh of Virginia Beach, a MADD victim’s advocate.
“Cases are dragged out for several years for different reasons, but I don’t know why this happened this way,” said Barbara Blackburn, MADD victim’s advocate for North Carolina.
Because Ferguson is free on bond until November, MADD is concerned that she will get behind the wheel again and endanger lives.
“We’re disappointed because we’re afraid for innocent people travelling along the highway,” Blackburn said. “We wished this had been settled today.”
“This woman has been allowed to remain free, to drink and drive, and I’m surprised she hasn’t killed anyone yet,” Walsh said.
WAVY News 10 will continue to follow this case and let you know the November outcome.