A Wake County grand jury Tuesday indicted a woman who a magistrate noted had eight prior DWI convictions when a sheriff’s deputy stopped her in February and charged her with driving while impaired.
The indictment accused Penny Seagroves, 56, of 6721 Steves Drive, a Zebulon address near Rolesville off Fowler Road, of driving while impaired, habitual impaired driving and driving with a revoked license when she was stopped on Feb. 2 about 1.5 miles from her home.
Habitual impaired driving can be charged if someone has three or more DWI convictions within 10 years. The grand jury cited convictions in Wake County in 2010 for DWI in 2005 and 2006 and a DWI conviction on Oct. 28, 2013.
Habitual impaired driving is a felony with a minimum 12-month prison sentence and permanent loss of the person’s driver’s license.
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Seagroves has DWI convictions in Franklin, Durham and Edgecombe counties as well as Wake County.
In February, Seagroves was brought before a magistrate, who set her bail at $5,000 the day after her arrest. On paperwork setting the bail, the magistrate stated that she had eight prior DWI convictions and a history of failing to appear in court when she was required to.
Paperwork for the February arrest said Seagroves had registered a 0.09 blood alcohol level on a breath test and told a Wake County sheriff’s deputy that she had been drinking beer and bourbon.
After she was indicted this week, a superior court judge ordered that her bail be set at $50,000. Sheriff’s deputies arrested her at her home Tuesday evening, and she was held in the Wake County Detention Center for a Wednesday court appearance.
Seagroves’ state conviction record lists her under several aliases. The indictment lists her middle name as Deniece, though state records list both that spelling and Denise.
The records also list her as Penny Seagroves Byrd, Penny Byrd Seagroves, Penny Seagroves May, Penny Denise May and Penny Deniece May.
Prison records show Seagroves has several traffic convictions going back to 1992. Her first DWI conviction appeared in 2001 for an arrest the year before in Wake County.