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Woman stopped for drunk driving twice in 1 day

An Ohio woman was accused of driving drunk in two separate incidents on the same day, Sept. 20. The 48-year-old woman was first stopped in Streetsboro at 9:25 a.m. after police received reports about an erratic driver. She reportedly failed a field sobriety test and a blood alcohol test that showed that her BAC was .371 percent.

A Streetsboro police lieutenant told reporters that most people who have a BAC that is more than four times the legal limit require hospitalization. However, the accused woman was released to a friend after she was charged with drunk driving. The woman's initial charge for operating a vehicle under the influence was reportedly her first OVI.

Later in the afternoon, the same police officer who had stopped the woman in the morning responded to more reports about an erratic driver. The same woman was stopped, but this time she was driving a different car. When the woman's BAC was tested, it was .383 percent. During the second traffic stop, the accused drunk driver reportedly exclaimed that she had already been arrested, and the police officer told her that she could be arrested again. The woman is facing OVI charges and fifth-degree felony drug charges for allegedly trying to bring a controlled substance into the jail.

A person who is facing charges for a similar incident might argue that police officers were irresponsible for not taking them to the hospital. An attorney may be able to help a defendant in this situation to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution. A plea deal may allow a defendant to offer a guilty plea for one charge in exchange for the dismissal of another charge.

Source: Independent Journal Review, "Police Stunned to Learn Person They Pull Over for Drunk Driving Is the Same Woman They Just Arrested...," Kara Pendleton, Sept. 26, 2016

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