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Alleged texting leads to single-vehicle accident

A 31-year-old Ketchikan woman faces several misdemeanor charges after allegedly driving off the highway on Wednesday while texting.

Alaska State Troopers report that Jasmine Pattison was southbound on North Tongass Highway, and allegedly used her smartphone to text while she was driving. Troopers say her 2006 Infinity drifted into the oncoming lane and went off the road.

Pattison received some minor injuries. Her 3-year-old daughter, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was not hurt in the accident.

Pattison was cited for negligent driving, failure to wear a safety belt and failure to properly secure her child in a child safety device.

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