Tawney Jeffries of Oakhurst sentenced to state prison

Last week, the Madera Superior Court handed down a lengthy prison sentence to Tawney Jeffries, 46, of Oakhurst, who was convicted of felony driving under the influence and causing great bodily injury, said Madera County District Attorney Michael R. Keitz.

In August of 2012, Jeffries, was driving westbound on Road 426 in the Oakhurst area with her minor child. She crossed over the road centerline and struck an oncoming eastbound vehicle head on. The collision resulted in great bodily injury to the two minor passenger victims in the eastbound vehicle.

Jeffries was arrested by the California Highway Patrol when she failed a series of field sobriety tests. A subsequent analysis of Jeffries’ blood by the Department of Justice laboratory revealed she was under the influence of prescription drugs and alcohol.

Jeffries was convicted earlier this year in March.

Last week, the Madera Superior Court sentenced Jeffries to eight years and eight months in state prison. During sentencing, the court took into consideration that at the time of her crime, Jeffries was on probation for previously attempting to evade a peace officer and possession of marijuana for sale.