Woman accused of DUI in Pennsylvania

A woman is facing drunk driving charges after being pulled over with two children in her car, according to local law enforcement sources. Pennsylvania police arrested the 39-year-old woman under suspicion of DUI after she was stopped for suspicious behavior. She is currently in custody against $10,000 bail, and if convicted of this crime, she could face continued jail time. 

According to police reports, authorities received several calls on the evening of Oct. 11 about a possible drunk driver attempting to negotiate a left-hand turn in an intersection. Witnesses said the woman was trying to make the turn while using the right-hand turn signal. Officers then flagged down the vehicle, and the woman allegedly attempted to get out of the car while it was still moving.

The officer on scene said the woman smelled strongly of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes. The two female children in the back seat of her vehicle were not properly restrained. The woman apparently admitted to having two drinks, but when officers performed roadside sobriety tests, she failed two of them, and she had a blood alcohol level of .25, three times the legal limit. She was subsequently arrested. 

Here in Pennsylvania, law enforcement employs a variety of tactics to determine if a person is guilty of DUI. Roadside sobriety tests are not, however, infallible, and they can be administered incorrectly or in opposition to the rights of an individual. Pennsylvania prosecutors will have to prove not only that the results of the sobriety tests were accurate but also that law enforcement acted in a way consistent with the woman's rights both during the tests and her subsequent arrest. 

Source: mcall.com, "Drunken driving children car arrest", Pamela Lehman, Oct. 16, 2015

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