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Woman could face Michigan DUI charge after head-on crash

Michigan police officers tried to catch and stop a driver who headed past them -- going the wrong way -- in the early morning hours on a Sunday in mid-July. They were unsuccessful in getting to the driver before she crashed head-on into a Chevy Impala. The car accident led to several serious injuries and may result in criminal charges, including DUI, against the woman.

The allegedly faulted driver is said to have turned left off of southbound Lilley onto Michigan Avenue. Shortly after passing officers as they worked on an unrelated traffic stop, she crashed into the Impala. Inside were the driver and his wife. Both drivers involved in the collision suffered serious injuries and were taken to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor for medical treatment. The passenger in the Impala was treated at another Michigan hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police suspected that the wrong-way driver was intoxicated at the time of the car accident. At this point they are unsure that their suspicions are justified, as toxicology test results have yet to be returned. Upon receipt of test results, the woman could face DUI charges.

Like all other drivers suspected of DUI in Michigan, the wrong-way driver in this case is completely innocent of the crime without sufficient evidence to charge her. Still, she may find benefit in seeking a solid defense should she be required to make a court appearance. Not everyone accused of drunk driving is guilty.

Source: Observer & Eccentric, "Alcohol suspected in head-on Canton crash that injures three," Darrell Clem, July 16, 2012

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