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Woman charged with DUI after driving down an embankment

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.

The woman was driving in Jose Rizal Park when the vehicle went over the embankment and landed in a patch of blackberries. Authorities arrived at the scene at 8 p.m. and saw a 34-year-old woman stumbling around on the hill. She reportedly told the authorities that she had confused the gas pedal for the brake pedal. Authorities reported that she smelled of alcohol and admitted to drinking.

Witnesses also had taken video on their phones of the incident. Authorities said that a witness reported that the vehicle jumped the curb and crossed the footpath before traveling down the embankment. The witness was able to remove a child from the vehicle. The child was taken to a nearby hospital for a checkup while the accused woman was booked on suspicion of drunk driving. She was also charged with reckless endangerment and for driving on a suspended license.

Drunk driving convictions can carry serious legal and administrative consequences, including a jail sentence, a loss of driving privileges and major fines. However, the severity of the potential consequences can be affected by certain circumstances, including the number of previous drunk driving convictions an accused person may have and whether or not there were other factors involved in the incident. If this is a person's first drunk driving charge, an attorney could work to find weaknesses in the case. This may include challenging the results of a breath or blood test.

Source: Komo News, "Woman who went down 100-foot embankment with baby arrested", Sept. 14, 2017

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