Pennsylvania teacher facing DUI charges

A language arts teacher in Drums has been arrested following an accident police believe was caused by drunk driving. The woman has been accused by Pennsylvania police of DUI after an accident involving a motorcyclist. So far, it is unclear whether the woman has retained counsel, but her court date should be upcoming.

The accident report says the 54-year-old woman somehow collided with a motorcycle on State Route 309. The motorcyclist, who was not identified in the report, apparently suffered hip and back injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. There has been no word on how severe the injuries were.

The woman apparently left the scene of the accident, but police found her in her garage at the foot of a stairwell. She was unresponsive when police arrived, and a subsequent blood test revealed she had a blood alcohol level of .23, well above the legal limit of .08. It is unclear whether the woman was arrested at this time, but she has since been charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, vehicular aggravated assault and causing an accident leading to death or injury.

The effects of alcohol on a person's body can vary from individual to individual and can be influenced by a variety of factors, including fatigue and the passage of time. In this case, if Pennsylvania authorities administered a blood test well after the accident, it is possible the woman was not technically drunk at the time of the crash. It could be argued in court to reduce or even drop the DUI charges if this is the case.

Source: lancasteronline.com, "Teacher charged with DUI, assault in motorcycle collision", Sept. 21, 2016

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