Driving is a privilege and should be treated as such. Motorists are expected to be properly licensed and are trusted to operate a motor vehicle in accordance with the rules of the road. In Virginia, like other states across the nation, motorists are legally obligated to not be intoxicated while driving. Thus, if authorities believe that a motorist is over the legal limit following a traffic stop or motor vehicle collision, this could result in a drunk driving charge.
Drunk driving crash
According to recent reports, a drunk driving crash occurred in Rappahannock County. In this incident, a woman was arrested for a DUI after she allegedly turned onto railroad tracks and continued to driver her vehicle on the tracks. Authorities stated that the crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. on the railroads tracks located at the intersection of Brent Point and Arkendale Road.
Authorities believe that when the motorist turned onto the tracks, this caused her vehicle to overturn, falling onto its side. When police arrived at the scene, the driver supposedly stated that she was following her GPS, and when she was commanded to make a left turn at the tracks, she did so.
No injuries were reported and no other vehicles were involved in the crash; however, officers decided to conduct a field sobriety test. It was not reported what information or factors that caused them to initiate this process; however, it was reported that she was arrested and charged with a DUI. No other details were made available at this time.
Being charge with a DUI can be a very overwhelming experience, especially when it is connected with another event, such as a motor vehicle crash. The accused may not fully understand their rights and options when it comes to initiating a defense action. Therefore, it is imperative that one becomes aware of their defense options, as this could help reduce or even dismiss the charges against him or her.