Back at the end of June, a 54-year-old woman from Annapolis was heading south on Governor Ritchie Highway. At some point, she supposedly drifted onto the shoulder of the highway and ran into two men on bicycles. This resulted in her being arrested on suspicion of DUI and two people ending up in the hospital.
Reportedly, the riders struck by the woman's car were a 23-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man. One of the riders suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized until just recently. The other rider was more fortunate and was treated for injuries suffered in the crash and then released.
The cyclists were riding on the portion of the highway's shoulder designated as the Baltimore and Annapolis trail when the accident happened. No information was released to indicate why law enforcement officials believed the woman to be impaired at the time of the crash. Without evidence strong enough to convince a criminal court beyond a reasonable doubt that the woman was intoxicated, the drunk driving charges may not stand. Before that can happen, the woman is entitled to the right to refute these allegations and to challenge the evidence offered by prosecutors in court.
Any evidence Anne Arundel County prosecutors intend to present to the court regarding the DUI charge will undoubtedly be scrutinized by the criminal defense team representing the woman. The defense counsel will also review all of the options available to the woman in search of a resolution to her case. If it is decided that her best option is to go to trial, the contested legal and factual issues will be the main focus of her defense.
Source: therepublic.com, "Driver charged with DUI, assault, other offenses after striking 2 bicyclists", , July 24, 2014