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.
As I have mentioned before, it is often the behavior of a driver that leads police to suspect that he or she is intoxicated. This behavior can include speeding or weaving on the road and can lead an officer to make a traffic stop. When the driver is suspected to have been drinking, an arrest on DWI charges can result.
Facing drunk driving charges can be a stressful experience. For many people, a DUI is their first run-in with the law. And if an accident was involved, the situation can be much more frightening.
As many in Michigan know, being charged with drunk driving can be a stressful event. The DUI charges can lead to heavy fines and sometimes even jail time if a conviction is obtained. Facing such penalties is something no one hopes to go through.
Detroit Pistons' center Ben Wallace could be sentenced to three months in jail after he entered a guilty plea earlier this month for driving while intoxicated and possessing a firearm under the influence of alcohol.
On Sept. 27, two drivers were injured in a collision on Carpenter Road in Pittsfield Township, Michigan. The accident involved a 2002 Chrysler Sebring driven by an Ann Arbor man, and a 1998 Ford Windstar minivan driven by a man from Pittsfield Township. Neither driver received life-threatening injuries, though both had to be taken to local hospitals for treatment. Although the Sebring's driver said he was drinking prior to crash, no DWI or DUI charges have been filed as of yet. However, it appears police requested the 20-year-old driver of the Sebring to submit to a blood alcohol content test at the hospital, and indications are he consented.
When drunk driving leads to an accident in which another person is seriously injured, the driver at fault can face severe charges. A felony DUI or DWI charge can quickly change the life of the accused. A man charged with the death of a Washtenaw County woman could be sentenced to a heavy jail term and large fines if he is convicted during his trial this October.
Controversy surrounding political personalities often produces a whirlwind of media fodder. Being in the public eye means mistakes that may otherwise go unnoticed often end up as front-page news. The mayor of Lansing Michigan, who was also a candidate for governor in 2010, is currently discovering this reality. Criticism over his daughter's recent arrest following blood-alcohol tests has intensified the public's awareness.
Operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can lead to disastrous consequences. These chemical substances are well known for their ability to impair a users judgment and can lead to poor decision making. A Michigan woman learned all too well the impairing effects driving while intoxicated, or DWI, can have on the operation of a motor vehicle during a traffic stop last week.