No one is immune from drunk driving charges in the Alabama area - not even grandmothers. Recently, a 51-year-old Alabama grandmother was arrested by police in an adjacent state and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. The woman said she was making the trip from Alabama to the nearby state to pick up her grandchildren.
Police first noticed the woman when she ran through a stop sign during the evening hours one night. She was behind the wheel of a 2012 Dodge Durango, which law enforcement proceeded to pull over.
During the traffic stop, police reported that they detected the scent of alcohol on her breath and noticed her eyes were bloodshot and red. Police administered a field sobriety test alongside of the road, but media reports did not state how she fared with such exercises. Reports did state that she nearly fell out of the vehicle when she opened the driver's side door to get out.
Police determined the woman's blood alcohol content clocked in at 0.252 and 0.244, which is triple the legal limit. However, reports did not state whether police used an alcohol breath test or blood test to gain such knowledge.
Unfortunately for the woman, this is her second DUI in that state. Her license was already revoked in that state, as well. She was placed in jail with a $7,500 bail.
The severity of a potential punishment can worsen as drivers accumulate more and more DUI charges. The woman, if she does not mount a competent defense strategy, could see heavy fines, a suspended license and maybe even time served behind bars.
Part of her defense could examine whether police followed proper protocol when investigating her for drunk driving. If they did not, evidence in the case could be thrown out by a judge.
Source: The Atlantic Cities, "Is There Less Drunk Driving in the South, Or Just Less Data?" Henry Grabar, Jan. 11, 2013