Woman charged with murder in death of coworker trying to stop her from driving drunk

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SAN DIEGO -- An alleged drunken driver accused of running over and fatally injuring a co-worker, who was trying to prevent her from driving home following a night out at a Kearny Mesa restaurant, was charged Tuesday with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run causing death.

Latisha Ingram, 33, is accused in the death last Thursday night of 25- year-old Ha Minh Ta.

Deputy District Attorney Phillippa Cunningham said Ingram was charged with second-degree murder because she has a 2010 DUI conviction in Orange County.

“I am asking that the court consider what a danger she is to the community when setting bail,” said Cunningham.

According to the prosecutor, Ingram and Ta met up with other co- workers for after-dinner drinks and the defendant, "against the advice of friends," decided to try and drive home.

“The defendant in this case went out with her co workers which included the victim, Mr. Ta,' Cunningham said. "After consuming several beverages, she decided she was going to drive home."

Ingram got into an argument with Ta about 11:30 p.m. in a parking lot in the 4600 block of Convoy Street, and she allegedly started to drive away while he was still holding onto her car. According to witnesses, Ingram drove out of the parking lot with Ta on her car. She turned southbound onto Convoy Street, where Ta let go and was run over by the defendant, San Diego police Officer Robert Heims alleged.

Paramedics rushed Ta to a hospital, where he died from his injuries. Ingram was arrested a short time later.

Laboratory tests are pending to determine her blood-alcohol content at the time of her arrest, Cunningham said.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Jay Bloom set bail at $2.5 million for Ingram, who pleaded not guilty to the charges and is set to return to court July 15 for a readiness conference. She faces up a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in prison if convicted on all charges.

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