It is never a good idea to compound an already bad situation. Apparently one woman didn’t get that proverbial memo.
Earlier this month a 23-year-old woman was arrested and booked in King County for assaulting two law enforcement officers and driving while under the influence. A Probable Cause Statement indicates that police responded to the intersection of Coal Creek Parkway Southeast and Forest Drive Southeast after witnesses reported seeing two sports cars collide. Upon arrival officers found a woman sitting on the sidewalk. Her 2007 red Nissan 350z was in the street with extensive damage and flattened tires. She had the telltale signs of DUI – red and bloodshot eyes, constricted pupils and she was breathing at a fast rate; at some point during their contact the woman admitted to officers that she had consumed two vodka cranberries and smoked marijuana earlier in the evening. The woman had a hard time explaining the accident and was not making a lot of sense to the officers. Medics were called to the scene to evaluate the driver, and while she was with the medics, police looked inside her vehicle and saw easily accessible containers of marijuana. After the on-scene medical evaluation, officers attempted to take the woman into custody, but a struggle ensued, the woman became aggressive and punched not only one officer, but two – one officer was hit above his right eyebrow, and another officer was struck on the right side of his jaw. Obviously this compounded the situation and the driver was taken into custody for both a DUI and two counts of third degree assault. The driver was transported to the hospital for a blood draw by way of a search warrant. Often in blood draw cases criminal charges are not immediately filed. A person is released from jail, but is done so with the understanding there may be ‘pending charges’; depending on the type of crime, the government has a period of time to file charges – for DUI’s that is two years from the date of the incident, and for Assault 3 that is three years from the date of the incident.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI you should immediately contact a Seattle DUI defense attorney. A qualified and respected Seattle DUI lawyer, among other things, can quite possibly save the aggrieved person thousands of dollars in court and insurance fees, the extent of loss of privilege to drive, and the amount of jail time to be served. We have said it before and will say it again, Washington DUI laws are far too complicated for any ol’ attorney to handle. Be smart and consult with a qualified and skilled Seattle DUI attorney when arrested for an alcohol and/or drug related DUI in Washington State. SQ Attorneys is here to help – (206) 441-1600.