Pennsylvania woman faces drunk driving charges

A woman who has been accused of drunk driving is facing several charges, according to local law enforcement. Pennsylvania police apparently arrested the woman twice in one week for driving under the influence of alcohol. She has been charged with drunk driving following her two arrests on Dec. 9 and Dec. 11. 

The 43-year-old woman stands accused of drinking while behind the wheel. Both arrests occurred in the morning, around 12 p.m. on Dec. 9 and about 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 11. Police say she admitted to having had a shot of rum around 7 a.m. on Dec. 9, when her blood alcohol content was said to have been .25 just before noon. 

The second event happened on the morning of Dec. 11, and while details about that incident are not as readily available, police say the woman's blood alcohol level that day was .16. A blood alcohol level of .16 is the highest rate in the tiered system in Pennsylvania and is worthy of considerable jail time. Apparently, in both cases, her vehicle did not have up-to-date licensing.

The woman faces combined charges of two counts of the highest-rate drunk driving. If she is found guilty, she will face serious criminal consequences for her actions. However, Pennsylvania police will have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the woman was drunk at the time of her arrest in order for the charges to stick. If there is any question about the circumstances surrounding her arrest, and whether her rights were infringed upon, any evidence gathered in the subsequent investigation could be ruled inadmissible. 

Source: lehighvalleylive.com, "Woman caught driving drunk twice in a week, police say", Kurt Bresswein, Dec. 22, 2015

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