A driver who has alleged to have been driving while intoxicated may have a significant advantage: if the incident occurred on a freeway or heavily traveled street, witnesses were most likely in their own cars and not able to pay close attention to the allegedly drunk driver. As such, their descriptions of the suspect’s behavior may not be accurate or consistent. A recent drunk driving suspect may not be find any solace in the inconsistent accounts of witnesses because her erratic driving was captured on video tape by another driver.
The person who took the video tape said that he first noticed the car when he saw it travelling on Rockrimmon Blvd. with a crooked front tire, Thinking that the driver of the car was aware of the problem and was attempting to drive to a filling station for help, the second driver began to follow the disabled car with his flasher lights operating. When the second driver realized that the first driver may have been intoxicated, he began to videotape her driving.
The video tape shows the first car swerving as it traveled up an entrance ramp to the interstate and hitting a cement wall. After hitting the wall several times, the car rolled over and fell from the roadway. The second driver and another driver stopped to offer assistance. Police arrived shortly thereafter and pulled the woman from her car. Police placed a neck brace on the woman and charged her with several violations involving driving under the influence of alcohol.
Defendants in cases like this face several serious criminal charges. Anyone who may be facing similar charges may wish to consult an experienced DUI defense attorney for an evaluation of the evidence and, if appropriate, an opinion on the likelihood of negotiating a favorable plea agreement.