A Fort Mill woman was arrested Monday in connection with a serious DUI accident from March, the second serious drunk-driving wreck she has caused in York County, according to authorities.

   Allison Thomas French, 45, of Ivy Trail Way, Fort Mill, was charged Monday with felony driving under the influence resulting in great bodily injury. Her bond is $20,000.

  According to an arrest warrant, French was under the influence of alcohol or drugs March 21 while driving on Flint Hill Road and Pikeview Road in Fort Mill. She was not far from home.

   “(She) drove left of center and struck another vehicle head-on,” the warrant said. “The victim sustained a broken hip and required emergency surgery.”

   The arrest comes just six years after accusations that she was drunk when she caused a serious wreck by rear-ending a vehicle stopped at a traffic light on Carowinds Boulevard. French reportedly hit the victim’s vehicle six consecutive times. In that case, the suspect was jailed for DUI per se and was convicted.

In addition, the victim, Edward Rawlinson, filed a lawsuit against French, seeking $225,000 as well as punitive damages. The lawsuit claimed Rawlinson suffered serious ankle and back injuries and continued to have nightmares, anxiety attacks and a fear of driving.

Greg Rickabaugh

Greg "Ricky Bobby" Rickabaugh has lived in the Fort Mill and York County community since 2006. He has covered the area while a reporter for The Charlotte Observer and a freelance writer for The Fort Mill...