On Sept. 13, a Washington woman was accused of drunk driving after she drove her vehicle over a 100-foot embankment. Her 1-year-old child was in the car when the incident occurred.
In a DUI trial, there may be step between the preliminary hearing and the beginning of the trial. This is referred to as the pretrial motion, and it is the time when a defense attorney or prosecutor may ask to have certain evidence excluded or compel someone to testify. In some cases, a request may be made to drop the case at this point.
On Aug. 30, Pierce County authorities reported that the same 30-year-old man was taken into custody twice. The Washington resident was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol for the first incident and for domestic violence assault for the second incident.
In the state of Washington, police officers are only legally allowed to initiate traffic stops when there is reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. In fact, even DUI checkpoints, which are legal in 38 states, are illegal in Washington. However, if an officer does have the requisite reasonable suspicion, he or she can stop a motorist for a short period of time in order to conduct a limited investigation.
Washington residents may have hear about an incident in Edmonds involving a possible drunken driver and an accident that damaged a 2015 Lamborghini. During the Taste of Edmonds event that took place on Aug. 12, law enforcement authorities conducted safety emphasis patrols. At about 11:30 p.m., a sergeant saw a female passenger in the sports car leaning out the window with a beer.
Summer is the most dangerous time of year for Washington drivers. In fact, state statistics show that nearly 150 people are killed in traffic accidents during the summer months each year.
Washington golfers may be interested to learn that Tiger Woods' attorney signed a not guilty plea for his DUI charge after Woods did not attend his arraignment. The 41-year-old golfer was taken into custody on the morning of May 29 after it was suspected that he was driving under the influence.
The Washington State Patrol assigned additional troopers to highways in the Tri-Cities area during the Water Follies weekend of boat races for the HAPO Columbia Cup. Troopers reported arresting 18 people for DUI during the weekend, which represented two more DUI arrests than the previous year.
Scientists with the National Institute of Standards and Technology have been working on the problem of finding an easy way to detect when a driver is under the influence of marijuana. A legitimate roadside breathalyzer test that could determine if a person is driving while intoxicated by THC, the main chemical in marijuana, would be useful to police officers.
Washington motorists may be interested to learn that the number of drivers who were found to be under the influence of marijuana has increased while the number of drivers who drove while under the influence of alcohol has decreased. According to a study, the percentage of drivers under the influence of alcohol decreased 77 percent from 1973 to 2014. The number of drivers who tested positive for marijuana increased by 50 percent.