Amanda Rose Swaney criminal defendant

Swaney

A motorist who allegedly admitted being a heroin user has been charged in a traffic collision in which witnesses reported her vehicle going airborne and then slamming into a building.

Amanda Rose Swaney, 35, of Walworth, has been charged with multiple felonies in connection with a Dec. 6 traffic crash in Elkhorn that sent another motorist to the hospital.

According to a criminal complaint, Swaney told police she had used heroin earlier that day, that she also had been drinking, and that she could not remember the crash.

The Walworth County district attorney’s office has charged Swaney with two counts of recklessly endangering safety, two counts of possession of narcotic drugs, operating while intoxicated and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

If convicted of all charges, she could face a maximum penalty of more than 25 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, Swaney was driving east on Centralia Street in Elkhorn about 3:30 p.m. Dec. 6 when she collided with a truck at the South Lincoln Street intersection. The driver of the truck was ejected from his vehicle and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Witnesses reported that Swaney’s car went airborne at high speed before the collision and then slammed into an industrial building at 205 E. Centralia St.

The complaint alleges that Swaney failed a sobriety test, that she told police she used heroin that morning, and that investigators found other narcotics in her purse.

Walworth County Circuit Court records show that Swaney was scheduled Jan. 30 to appear in court on the charges.