In Philadelphia, driving under the influence is considered a serious crime that can come with some stiff penalties. For a first time offense, a driver can be sentenced to months of probation and hundreds of dollars in fines. If the driverâ€™s blood alcohol level is high, a prison sentence may be ordered along with fines reaching into the thousands of dollars and a suspension of the personâ€™s driverâ€™s license. This is because driving under the influence has the potential of causing serious, and many times fatal, accidents.
A 52-year-old woman who was driving under the influence in Lansdale, Pennsylvania was fortunate that she did not injure anyone else when she crashed into two parked cars last October. After she hit the vehicles, she drove another block before stopping and walking back to the site of the car accident. When authorities arrived, they noticed that her speech was slurred and she was moving slowly and deliberately. They performed field sobriety tests, which she failed.
The woman was taken to the hospital where a blood test was performed. The test showed that the woman had a variety of prescription medications in her system along with marijuana. She was charged with two misdemeanor DUI counts and a count of summary careless driving. She recently appeared at a preliminary hearing where she was ordered to stand trial for the charges.
Those whose vehicles were damaged by the womanâ€™s negligence may wish to speak with an attorney. Doing so may help them receive proper compensation for the damages.
Source: Montgomery News, â€œLansdale woman allegedly involved in October car accident ordered to stand trial on DUI charges,â€ Michael Goldberg, Feb. 8, 2014