Pennsylvania teen charged with DUI

An 18-year-old woman has been charged in connection with a car accident on April 9, according to local sources. The woman is facing DUI charges after Pennsylvania State Police arrested her following the single-car accident. As of this report, she was awaiting a preliminary hearing. 

According to the accident report, the woman was traveling eastbound around 5:00 p.m. Apparently, she did not correctly account for a left turn, and her vehicle left the road and entered a ditch. As a result, the car rolled several times before finally stopping. 

The circumstances surrounding her arrest are unclear, and details are not included in the report. Apparently, police charged her on May 5 with several traffic offenses as well as two DUI misdemeanor counts. It is unclear whether she remains in police custody or if she is free until her preliminary hearing, which has not yet been given a date. 

Too little information is available about this case to guess at its outcome. Pennsylvania authorities carry the burden of proof in DUI cases, in which they are required to show the court that the woman was indeed intoxicated behind the wheel at the time of her accident. They will also need to prove that whatever evidence they gathered to support this claim (for example, a blood or Breathalyzer test) was gathered in accordance with the woman's rights. If the arrest or evidence-gathering process infringed on her rights in any way, the evidence could be ruled inadmissible in the case, which could in turn lead to the charges being dropped altogether. 

Source: cumberlink.com, "Teen charged with DUI following Dickinson Township crash", May 5, 2016

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