Woman in Pennsylvania charged with drunk driving

A two-car crash on the afternoon of May 17 has resulted in the arrest of a 30-year-old woman, according to Southern Regional Police. The Pennsylvania woman was arrested under suspicion of drunk driving after the car accident. She is also believed to have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.

According to the police report, officers responded to the accident around 2:30 p.m. to find a vehicle that had left the road and gone up an embankment only to become tangled in wire from a utility pole. Apparently the vehicle had been struck by another one whose driver had pulled out of a construction site into oncoming traffic. The force of the impact forced the struck vehicle off the road.

The driver of the second vehicle was arrested for DUI. It is unclear from the news report what kind of roadside test was administered, if any, to determine the woman's intoxication state. However, her vehicle was apparently searched as officers said they found what appeared to be marijuana and other drug paraphernalia in the car. She was also said to be have been driving under a DUI suspension for a previous outstanding charge.

The woman was incarcerated. As the proceedings move to criminal court, it will be up to Pennsylvania prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she was actually drunk at the time of the accident. If officers on the scene did not properly administer a roadside test, or if their conduct in any way infringed on the rights of the woman in question, the drunk driving charges may be reduced or dropped altogether.

Source: wgal.com, "Woman facing DUI, drug charges following crash", May 22, 2016

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