As many Michigan residents know, when teenagers begin driving they are inexperienced and are often more likely to be involved in accidents than other drivers. This is because they have not yet developed the skills needed to handle dangerous situations on the road. These young people are also less likely to be able to handle controlling a vehicle after consuming even just a few drinks of alcohol, which can result in a DUI charge.
This week, Ann Arbor police charged a 19-year-old woman with operating while intoxicated causing serious injury and operating while intoxicated. Reports indicate that the teen has been accused of failing to yield at an intersection in the early morning hours of Dec. 4. She struck a car on the driver’s side, leaving that driver seriously injured. The teen told police that she was returning home from a party when the accident occurred, reports state.
The accused teen was treated for injuries at the University of Michigan Hospital, and a blood draw was said to reveal a blood alcohol level of 0.14 percent.
The teen must now focus her attention on the DUI charges made against her. Like many others who have been in her situation, she may feel confused and intimidated by the criminal proceedings she now faces. Nevertheless, she must remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. She may now find it helpful to seek legal advice so she can better understand her rights and options. Her continued freedom may depend upon it.
Source: Ann Arbor.com, “Teenager charged in drunken driving accident in Ann Arbor,” Lee Higgins, Feb. 14, 2012