Wayne County District Attorney Press Release

Woman sentenced to 8 to 16 years for fatal DUI crash

Posted 4/8/22

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County District Attorney A.G. Howell, announced that Arminda Ann Johnson, age 48 of Starlight, Pennsylvania was sentenced by Wayne County President Judge Janine Edwards to …

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Wayne County District Attorney Press Release

Woman sentenced to 8 to 16 years for fatal DUI crash

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HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County District Attorney A.G. Howell, announced that Arminda Ann Johnson, age 48 of Starlight, Pennsylvania was sentenced by Wayne County President Judge Janine Edwards to not less than 8 years nor more than 16 years for a DUI crash resulting in one death and two very serious injuries. The crash occurred on October 23, 2020, on SR370 (Crosstown Highway), Buckingham Township, Wayne County.  Johnson’s vehicle, traveling in the wrong lane, crashed head-on into a vehicle being driven by Paul Hopkins.  Hopkins died at the scene and his two passengers, Jeradline Hopkins and Ellery Eldred, were both very seriously injured. Johnson showed signs of being under the influence of drugs, she failed field sobriety tests and a blood test showed 25 ng/mL of Amphetamine, 193 ng/mL of Methamphetamine, and 34 ng/mL of Morphine (opiates). 

 Howell stated that the sentence, in this case, is appropriate. “Methamphetamine is a menace to society. The death and serious injuries inflicted by Ms. Johnson through her use of Methamphetamine were so senseless and so avoidable. Drunk driving and “drugged driving” are serious problems and law enforcement is focused on combating this problem. Anyone in Wayne County caught manufacturing, selling, using, or processing Methamphetamine will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law.”

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