A 35-year-old Virginia Beach woman was recently arrested for driving under the influence and damaging state property after officers allegedly observed her driving recklessly on I-264. State police reported that the woman was driving the wrong-way on the interstate, and almost collided with an officer as the unit attempted to stop her vehicle. Police reportedly slowed interstate traffic, placed spike strips to slow her vehicle down and as her vehicle slowed, officers boxed her in. The woman’s vehicle then reportedly collided with a trooper’s vehicle, causing the vehicle to sustain damages. Fortunately, there were no injuries.
When an officer observes someone driving recklessly or violating traffic laws, it is their job to pull the driver over. In many cases, the situation turns out to be a routine traffic stop, where the officer issues a traffic citation or lets the driver off with a warning.
However, if the officer observes reckless driving and notices that the driver is exhibiting signs of intoxication, the officer may suspect that the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As a result, the officer may administer field sobriety tests, ask the driver to submit to a Breathalyzer or other chemical test to determine the driver’s blood alcohol level. Based on the results of these tests, the officer may have probable cause to arrest the driver on DUI charges.
Defending against DUI charges is not easy in our state, but there are many potential defense strategies that can be used to reduce, dismiss or lessen the severity of the consequences following a conviction. If one is facing DUI charges, it is in their best interest to discuss their case and possible defense strategies with a criminal defense attorney in the area.