A Maryland woman was traveling south on Route 113 recently when she became involved in a single-car accident. She survived the accident and was taken to an area hospital. While there, police paid her a visit and by the time they left, they suspected her of drinking and driving.
According to authorities, her vehicle swerved off the road into the median. The car then slammed into a culvert before flipping twice. The nature and extent of her injuries was not reported. At last report, she was still in the hospital. Fortunately, no one else was involved or injured in the crash.
Maryland State Police troopers that interviewed the woman at the hospital claim they could readily smell alcohol on her. It is not known whether a court order was obtained to take a sample of her blood to determine her blood alcohol content. Anything over .08 is considered legally drunk.
As this woman recovers from her injuries, authorities may move forward with the charges against her. She will have the opportunity to refute the charges in court since our system of justice presumes she is innocent until and unless she is proven guilty in a court of law. Prosecutors are responsible for proving the charges to the court beyond a reasonable doubt; if that does not happen, the charges may be dismissed. The evidence that prosecutors intend to provide to the court in connection with the accusations of drinking and driving against the woman could shape her criminal defense strategy. Moreover, that evidence could make the determination as to whether her criminal defense team will recommend going to trial or negotiating a plea agreement.
Source: delmarvanow.com, "DUI suspected after car rolls twice on Route 113", , May 11, 2014