Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can be dangerous, and the penalties for a conviction are serious. If an accident occurs in the process, the consequences an accused individual may face only increase in severity. A 44-year-old woman has been arrested and accused of drunk driving after allegedly hitting a police cruiser that was leading a funeral procession in West Virginia.
According to authorities, the incident took place just before 4 p.m. on a recent Sunday, when the police cruiser was travelling with the funeral procession. They claim that a vehicle failed to obey a traffic light, and suddenly slammed into the officer's vehicle. After approaching the vehicle, authorities assert the driver was unconscious, and emergency responders were allegedly forced to administer medication for an overdose to revive her.
Authorities claim that the woman overdosed on heroin while operating the vehicle, subsequently causing the accident to occur. She is currently facing misdemeanor charges for driving under the influence and, if convicted, would face serious consequences that could impact her life in various ways. Those who face similar charges may wish to protect their future from being affected, but they might be uncertain how to pursue this goal.
When facing drunk driving charges, seeking guidance before responding to allegations could be advisable. By speaking with a defense attorney, a client in West Virginia could obtain advice on making informed decisions throughout the process. An attorney can evaluate the charges and evidence against a client and provide advice on how to pursue the most favorable outcome possible during court proceedings.
Source: wvmetronews.com, "Woman charged after overdosing behind wheel, driving into police cruiser," Aug. 13, 2017