Facing reckless homicide trial, woman arrested for drunken driving

Donna Randolph

INDIANAPOLIS — A woman who faces a reckless homicide trial springing from a Interstate 69 crash near Anderson that killed her 4-year-old granddaughter in 2014 has been arrested for drunken driving for the second time since the fatal accident.

In the most recent case, Donna M. Randolph, 45, was arrested by Indianapolis police following a Dec. 30 accident at East 28th Street and Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis. She told police that the brakes had malfunctioned on her Ford truck.

Her truck collided with a car. A passenger in the car had swelling to her face and was taken to a hospital.

An Indianapolis police officer said he found Randolph in the driver’s seat with bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, poor manual dexterity and the odor of alcohol on her breath. A preliminary breath test at the scene showed she had a blood alcohol level of 0.162 percent. Indiana’s legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Randolph was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and endangering a person, a Level 6 felony. She is being held in the Marion County Jail.

On Friday, Randolph’s surety bond was increased to $50,000 by a Marion County Superior Court Criminal Division 9 judge who was aware that Randolph had a reckless homicide case pending in Delaware County.

“That’s been going on five years ... somebody hit me,” Randolph said, as her voice trailed off in addressing Judge Charnette Garner.

Randolph said she had bipolar manic depression, lives on $750 a month in Social Security supplemental security payments and resides with her daughter.

Randolph said she cares for four grandchildren. “I watch my grandchildren for my daughter. She has three besides the one that passed away.”

When asked whether she would abide by the judge’s conditions for release from jail, Randolph said, “I promise I will ... anything, anything.”

If Randolph pays the $50,000 surety bond, she will be placed on devices to monitor alcohol use.

Randolph is set to stand trial Jan. 21 trial in Delaware County for reckless homicide.

Tavionna Ford, 4, was killed June 3, 2014, after Randolph made a u-turn on Interstate 69 near Daleville. Randolph’s Chrysler 300 was traveling about 10 to 20 mph when it was hit from behind by a car driven by a Michigan couple, police said.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Randolph tested positive for both alcohol, at a 0.04 percent concentration, and for marijuana. She pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide and causing death while operating a vehicle under the influence. Both are Class C felonies.

In October 2015, Randolph was released from the Delaware County jail while awaiting trial.

In May 2016, Indiana State Police arrested Randolph for driving while under the influence of alcohol. Blood tests showed she had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.231, according to court records.

She was charged with two counts: operating a vehicle while intoxicated, endangering a person, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a BAC of at least 0.15.

As part of a plea agreement in that Marion County case, Randolph pleaded guilty to the charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and endangering a person. The second count was dismissed.

She received a sentence of 365 days, with 352 days suspended, and was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. On March 21, 2017, however, Randolph was convicted of violating the terms of her probation and sentenced to 60 days in jail.

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