Most people in Virginia are committed to protecting the safety of the law enforcement officers that they may encounter while driving. However, the flashing lights of a police car can become disorienting at night. Whether this was a contributing factor in the wreck, a woman who was reportedly involved in an accident involving a stopped police vehicle is now facing a DUI charge.
The incident that led to the woman's arrest reportedly happened at approximately 11 p.m. on a night in mid-October. A police officer had reportedly pulled to the right side of the road while he completed paperwork related to a traffic stop he had previously initiated with another car. The 41-year-old female driver in question is believed to have run off the road and struck both the state trooper's vehicle and the vehicle that was originally stopped.
The female driver was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, while the police officer suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening. The driver of the other stopped vehicle was not injured. Officials claim that the woman was driving under the influence.
In addition to the DUI charge, the woman is also charged with reckless driving/failure to maintain control of a vehicle and possession of marijuana. It is unclear how law enforcement officials made the determination that the Virginia woman was under the influence or what evidence supports these claims. Regardless of these allegations, the woman is presumed innocent unless sufficient evidence is provided to prove that she is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, a standard that is often difficult to meet. A legal professional with experience with such cases can ensure that her rights are protected throughout the process and work to achieve the most favorable outcome on her behalf.