AUGUSTA — A young city woman was cleared of a charge of drunken driving by a judge who granted an acquittal Wednesday after the prosecution presented its evidence to the jury.

Danielle Ross, 19, was stopped in Augusta on June 15, 2013, and charged with operating under the influence.

“She’s happy to have it over,” said Darrick Banda, her defense attorney. He said Justice Daniel Billings found insufficient evidence to prove operation beyond a reasonable doubt.

“Based on what I know, it was a directed verdict because the state’s witness changed his testimony and said he was driving,” said Deputy District Attorney Fernand LaRochelle. “At that point there was no evidence against the defendant. The judge had no alternative but to direct the verdict.”

Banda also said Ross won her case at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles as well, so her license was not suspended.


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