Suspected impaired driver crashes into pregnant woman’s vehicle

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 23, 2015




ROSEVILLE — A pregnant Mount Clemens woman was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries following a crash at approximately 2:30 a.m. Oct. 23.

According to a Roseville Police Department press release, the 42-year-old woman was stopped at a red light on northbound Groesbeck at Common Road when Natasha Watts, a 26-year-old Fraser woman, allegedly failed to brake and crashed into the victim’s vehicle.

Police believe Watts crashed into the victim’s vehicle at a high rate of speed and bounced off, rather than coming to a stop; Watts then allegedly accelerated her car again and struck the victim’s vehicle a second time in the rear before attempting to get away from the accident scene. Due to the damage to the vehicle, Watts did not make it far, police said.

Watts then allegedly attempted to flee on foot, the release said, and Roseville police officers soon arrested her. Police believe Watts was highly intoxicated, and she was hospitalized due to injuries from the crash, the press release said. 

It was unknown Oct. 23 if the victim’s unborn child had been harmed as a result of the crash.

Watts is facing a charge of operating while impaired causing serious bodily injury, and it would be her third intoxicated driving offense, police said. Watts has two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated, and her driving privileges had been revoked at the time of the crash, police said. Watts also is facing a misdemeanor charge of driving while her license was revoked.

If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison. Watts stood mute to the charges during her arraignment Oct. 23 at the 39th District Court, and a not guilty plea was entered on her behalf, police said. Her preliminary exam was scheduled for Nov. 4.

It was not clear Oct. 23 if  Watts had an attorney.