A woman who was reportedly driving the wrong way on Interstate 395 has been charged with drunk driving, according to a report from state police. Virginia authorities responded to the early-morning crash that shut down all northbound lanes for over an hour. The woman was arrested a short time later and will now require a DUI defense to fight the charges filed against her.
According to the limited report, it appears the woman was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-395 around 5 a.m. when the accident occurred. The woman apparently struck two different vehicles, sending debris all over the highway, before fleeing the scene. Two people were taken to local hospitals with injuries described as minor.
Virginia State Police say they caught up with the woman on foot shortly after 5:30, thanks to the assistance of local police in Arlington. State police conducted the arrest, which was for a charge of driving under the influence. No further information is available from police at this time, and the report did not mention how officers on the scene came to the determination that the woman was intoxicated. Generally speaking, a roadside sobriety test or series of tests is administered to make this determination.
In order to convict the woman on this charge, Virginia prosecutors will have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the woman was indeed drunk or otherwise intoxicated at the time of the accident. Her attorney will be tasked with building a DUI defense that takes into consideration any testing police may have done to corroborate their findings. As ever, the woman is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.