ELBA, Ala (WDHN)— A former Elba school principal has plead guilty to two counts of assault and could face up to ten years following a 2021 car crash.

Debra Strickland, 39, of Samson appeared virtually with counsel on September 21 and entered a plea of guilty to one count of a reduced charge of assault in the second degree and assault in the third degree.

Strickland is accused of causing a June 2021 crash on Geneva County Highway 87 near Samson.

The accident injured three women who were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Strickland fled the scene on foot, but officers located her nearly an hour later.

Strickland resigned from her position after the crash.

An alternative sentencing hearing is set for November 10, and Strickland hopes to receive probation. She remains out on a bond of $30,000.