INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The woman accused of hitting and killing Danny Mikesell has a long history with local police.
I-Team 8 found 34 police reports involving Brandie Thompson, including a previous driving under the influence arrest and four arrests for driving with a suspended license.
The trouble for the 32-year-old started in 2006 when she says her car was stolen. But nearly every year since then, her name is in a report either as a suspect or victim.
"She didn't have any business being behind the wheel of a car,” said IMPD Lt. Chris Bailey.
In 2008 her car was involved in a hit-and-run crash. She said her boyfriend was driving.
In a 2012 case, police say she hit the back of a stopped school bus. She was arrested for DUI after telling police she had taken Xanax and Vicodin that morning. She was four months pregnant.
Two years earlier, she was arrested on a warrant for driving while suspended. Her two children were taken from her after the Department of Child Services said she physically abused them and she tested positive for cocaine, according to a police report.
Police say even with all the arrests, it is tough to keep drivers like Thompson off the road.
"Driving while suspended is a lower level misdemeanor. In fact, the first time you get caught it can be just a ticket,” Bailey said.
It usually takes several convictions to become a habitual traffic offender, Bailey said.
I-Team 8 obtained her driving record from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. It is six pages that include 12 suspensions. She faces new charges: a felony for leaving the scene of a fatality and driving on a suspended license. She was held Thursday on $15,000 bond and was on suicide watch.
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