Woman charged with drunk driving in Pennsylvania

Police have charged a woman who they say was pulled over twice in one day for being intoxicated behind the wheel. Pennsylvania police have reported on this bizarre charge, saying the woman was arrested twice on Nov. 14. So far, she faces two counts of drunk driving charges. 

Details about the two separate incidences are somewhat sparse as of this report. It has been confirmed that around 5 p.m. on Nov. 14, the woman was approached by police after she crashed her vehicle. Police at that point believed her to be intoxicated, so they arrested her and charged her with drunk driving. She was then released, for reasons unknown. 

At that point, police say the woman paid a stranger $3 for a ride back to where her vehicle had been abandoned, whereupon she apparently got back into the vehicle and continued to drive it. By 6 p.m. she had sideswiped a vehicle and crashed into a garage, whereupon she was arrested for a second time. She was again charged with drunk driving, though it is assumed she was not released again.

Even if blood and/or breath tests were administered, Pennsylvania prosecutors will have to provide evidence these tests were administered in accordance with her legal rights. If the woman's rights were violated in the course of administering these tests, this could have an influence on whether the evidence is admissible in court. Of course, if the tests were not performed at all, the drunk driving charges could be called into question as well. 

Source: newsday.com, "Michele Leonard, of Somerset, drove drunk, crashed twice in one day, Pennsylvania police say", Nov. 16, 2015

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