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Ice patch crash leads to ticket, driver says she'll fight it

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(02/07/14) - A warning for all you drivers slipping and sliding around out there - a crash, even one that seems unavoidable, could earn you a ticket.

Ellen Darnton learned the hard way.

Darnton was driving to work in Flint, Monday, when she hit a patch of ice on the ramp to eastbound I-69 from northbound I-75 in Flint Township.

She crashed into the guardrail head on.

"I was driving slow. I was driving careful and not reckless. I've never been in an accident before. I just hit a patch of ice that was bigger than my car," she said.

Darnton says the crash did about $9,000 in damage to her Kia Rio. 

She was a little banged up, so she an ambulance was called and she was checked out. She says that's when the officer slapped the ticket on her.

"I said 'Wait, is this a ticket?' And the EMTs are like 'Did he just write her a ticket?' It's $90 for the violation of basic speed, according to the Department of Motor Vehicle or Secretary of State (web)site, plus two points on my license," Darnton said. She plans on fighting her ticket.

Flint Township Police declined to comment because the process is still ongoing, but we touched base with Michigan State Police, who say writing a ticket in a similar situation would be at the officer's discretion.

The officer doesn't have to witness what happened.

Other vehicles were able to get through that spot with no problem. The person who lost control and crashed would be in violation.

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