Woman Involved in DUI Crash Will Be Arraigned Feb. 4
Last fall, a Worcester woman was accused of running into a street lamp and then fleeing the scene. She is set to be arraigned in Montgomery County Court on February 4, 2015. She is being charged with two counts of misdemeanor DUI and one count of damage to an unattended vehicle or property.
According to the police report, she ran into a street lamp off of North Wales Road in Whitpain Township around 8:30 p.m. on October 6, 2014. She then turned down Crestline Drive. A police officer witnessed the accident, and another police officer noticed the vehicle outside of her residence a short while later. She was still in the vehicle at the time, and the police officer saw the front-end damage to the vehicle.
An officer visited her home. He talked to the woman’s father, who confirmed that the woman had just come home and that the Honda belonged to her. The police asked the woman about the vehicle, and she could not explain how the damage occurred. Police stated that she was unsteady and disoriented. She later tested positive for Oxycodone.
A DUI involves more than just alcohol. It extends to any form of intoxication, including prescription medication if that medication is not taken properly. It is unclear whether this woman had a prescription for this medication. Drivers can still take prescription medication without fear of being punished for a DUI as long as they are taking the medication as directed. That also means that if the doctor specifically told you not to drive on the medication, then that can also amount to a DUI.
If there are illegal drugs in your system, Pennsylvania punishes drivers as if they were involved in the highest alcohol level. That means that the first offense for a DUI involving illegal drugs carries a minimum of three days in jail, and your license will be suspended for a year.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a DUI-related accident, contact experienced DUI attorneys as soon as possible. Fiore & Barber are DUI experts; call 215-256-0205 for a free initial consultation.