Woman indicted for habitual DWI could face life sentence if convicted

Barbara Jean Poston. (Jail photo)
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Waco, Texas (KWTX) A McLennan County woman with a history of DWI arrests and convictions dating back to 1998 could face as much as a life sentence if convicted after she was indicted Wednesday for driving while intoxicated (habitual), authorities said.

The indictment against Barbara Jean Poston, 45, stems from an accident on Sept. 9 in which her pickup overturned and came to rest in the Median on State Highway 6 near Hallsburg.

A state trooper who responded to the accident detected “the strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from her breath,” and performed a field sobriety test, according to a probable cause statement.

Poston told the trooper she had consumed at least four 16-ounce light beers before the crash, the statement said.

She was taken to the emergency room at Providence Health Center where she fell asleep during her treatment, the statement said.

The indictment handed up Wednesday says she was convicted of driving while intoxicated in January 1998, July 2013 and March 2015.