A driver witnessed a hit-and-run accident recently and chased down the driver who had struck the unoccupied vehicle. When both vehicles came to an intersection where police were investigating a previous accident, the pursuing witness advised police of what had happened. When police caught up with the vehicle described by the witness, the driver had lost control of the vehicle and hit a house near where the hit-and-run had taken place. She was then taken into custody on a drunk driving charge.
Police claim the Maryland woman appeared to be impaired. A field sobriety test was administered, which police say the woman failed. Since the woman's son, age 14, was in the car during this incident, she was also charged with being impaired with a minor in the vehicle among other things.
The woman's bail was set at $7,500, which was posted the next day. She was released pending further court proceedings. As it turns out, this is the third time the Maryland woman has faced a charge for driving under the influence.
Just because a person has faced similar charges in the past, that does not mean the individual is guilty of the current charges. Fortunately, the criminal justice system states that anyone accused of a crime is to be considered innocent until and unless a court of law says otherwise. To that end, a person has the right to prepare and present a defense to the charges he or she faces.
In the case of this Maryland woman, part of preparing her defense could be ensuring that her rights were protected from the time she was pulled over through her arrest. It is incumbent on the prosecutors to prove that police followed proper procedure and correctly administered blood alcohol testing such as the field sobriety test in connection with the drunk driving charge. If those tests were not properly administered, the charges against the woman could be reduced or dismissed.
Source: smnewsnet.com, Hit and Run Ends in Third Drunk Driving Charge, No author, Feb. 18, 2014