Woman faces drunk driving charges in Pennsylvania

A New Castle woman is facing serious charges in connection with a car accident, according to local sources. The Pennsylvania woman has been charged with drunk driving following a crash on Oct. 16. Thankfully no one was injured in the crash, but the charges remain pending nonetheless. 

The accident report states the woman, a 33-year-old, was traveling in Ellwood City when the crash occurred. Apparently, her vehicle struck another one in an intersection, causing some damage to both vehicles. The driver of the other car, as well as the passengers in her own vehicle, were all okay. While officers were corroborating stories at that accident site, another driver arrived and claimed that the woman struck his vehicle as well. Officers on site indicated the man had damage to his vehicle's door. 

On-site sobriety tests were performed by police, and apparently the woman's blood alcohol level was calculated at .347, nearly four times the legal limit in Pennsylvania. She was subsequently arrested and charged with drunk driving. The complaint was filed Oct. 22, and as of this report, no court date has been announced. 

Drunk driving is a serious charge that can result in suspended or revoked licenses, significant fines and jail time. Pennsylvania authorities will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt not only that the woman in question was drunk at the time of the accident, but also that the sobriety tests performed on her by officers at the scene were done properly and in accordance with her legal rights. If officers performed the tests in a way that superseded the rights of the accused woman, the evidence could be rendered inadmissible in court. 

Source: ellwoodcityledger.com, "New Castle woman charged with DUI after accident", Kathryn Decaria, Oct. 29, 2015

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