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Woman accused of drunk driving following California crash

It is sometimes easy for police to make assumptions about car accidents that occur under certain circumstances. For example, when a driver has an accident during the early morning hours, officers may assume that the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time. However, such assumptions are insufficient to meet the burden of proof required by a criminal court for a conviction of charges. One young lady in California may be set to fight against drunk driving allegations that she was under the influence of alcohol at the time of a car accident that sent six people, including two police officers, to the hospital.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours of a day in mid-September. Police claim that a 19-year-old driver failed to stop at a red light, causing an accident that ultimately involved two police officers. While reports indicate that the officers were rushed to the hospital, they were released just hours later and are said to be recovering from pain and bruises.

Four other people were injured in the collision, including the teenage driver and three occupants in her vehicle. Witnesses claim they saw police remove several bottles of alcohol as well as drugs from the car the young woman was driving. The driver has since been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

When driving with several people in the car, it is not uncommon for a driver to become distracted. As a result, it is likely possible that an accident such as this is caused by driver distraction rather than drunk driving. Even though alcohol was discovered in the vehicle, it is unclear how officers determined the woman was driving under the influence. In order to ensure that she receives lawful treatment, the young California woman has the right to an attorney. Such a professional can help her understand her legal options and choose the most appropriate path for her individual circumstances.

Source: NBC San Diego, "CHP Officers Hurt in Suspected DUI Crash in Lakeside", Liberty Zabala and Laura McVicker, Sept. 16, 2016

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