A Pickerington woman was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and two felony counts of aggravated vehicular assault after she allegedly struck two women while driving drunk.

A Pickerington woman was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and two felony counts of aggravated vehicular assault after she allegedly struck two women while driving drunk.

Pickerington police filed the charges against Lauren Ann Vazquez, 25, on Feb. 26. According to police, the accident occurred in the parking lot of Happy Endings, a bar at 1128 Hill Road North, and left a woman with a broken ankle.

"(Vazquez) was operating her vehicle through the parking lot," Pickerington Police Cmdr. Greg Annis said. "I don't know if she was leaving Happy Endings or one of the other bars. She did indicate to officers that she had four shots prior to the accident."

The case against Vazquez, of 9557 Circle Drive, Pickerington, has been sent to the Fairfield County Prosecutor's Office. An official with that office on March 16 said Vazquez hadn't been indicted, but the office is investigating the case and possibly could present evidence to a grand jury.

The aggravated vehicular assault charges each carry possible prison sentences of one to five years.

The OVI charge against Vazquez originally was filed as a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, but Fairfield County Municipal Court officials said the matter was dismissed in the lower court because prosecutors are pursuing a possible third felony charge.

Calls to R. William Meeks, Vazquez's attorney, were not returned by ThisWeek's press time on Tuesday.

According to police, two women were waiting for rides outside Happy Endings just before 1 a.m. when Vazquez drove up in a 2002 Hyundai Accent and struck them both.

As a result, a 26-year-old Columbus woman was transported to Diley Ridge Medical Center, where she was treated for a broken ankle. The second woman, a 25-year-old Canal Winchester resident, did not require medical treatment.

According to police reports, Vazquez refused to take a field sobriety test or submit to a breath test following the accident.

According to the reports, police believed Vazquez was "reaching an unsafe level of intoxication," so she was taken to Diley Ridge Medical Center for observation.

Vazquez was taken to the Fairfield County jail on Feb. 26 and, according to jail officials, posted bail the following day.