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Woman who crashed SUV into store had just got license back

Jon Mills/WZZM-TV • Nov 1, 2018 at 8:12 PM

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS — A Muskegon-area liquor store was significantly damaged Tuesday when a Holland woman drove through its front door, authorities said.

On Wednesday, Samantha Baxter, 37, was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance causing serious injury.

State driving records indicate that her driver's license has been suspended several times since 2004. The first suspension followed a joyriding conviction. She had a second joyriding conviction in 2006 and a drug conviction in 2007.

Baxter’s driver's license was once again valid Oct. 5.

Store security cameras show Baxter driving the SUV that smashed into Blue Bird's Packaged Liquor, 3408 Hoyt St., Muskegon Heights, on Tuesday night.

A man inside the store delivering supplies was injured by the SUV. Staff at a Grand Rapids hospital said the man remains in critical condition.

Despite the significant damage, Blue Bird's Packaged Liquor remains open.

Baxter is scheduled to be in court Nov. 21 for a preliminary hearing on the operating while under the influence of drugs charge.

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