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Woman facing drunk driving charges after fatal accident

A 38-year-old Oklahoma woman told police she was traveling southbound when she swerved and clipped another southbound vehicle, causing an accident that took the life of the other driver. However, investigators say the woman's story does not match the evidence at the scene. The woman is now accused of drunk driving, and because the accident resulted in a fatal injury, she is likely concerned about her future.

According to police, it is more probable that the woman was driving in the northbound lane when she veered onto the shoulder. Police believe when she overcorrected, her car crossed the center line and hit the other vehicle head-on. The other driver was trapped in her vehicle with massive injuries for nearly three hours and died before rescuers could extricate her.

Officers say they smelled alcohol on the accused woman's breath and noticed that she seemed unsteady when she walked. When questioned by police, the woman reportedly confessed to having had two shots of whiskey about three hours earlier. However, her blood alcohol level was allegedly over the legal limit. She was charged with driving under the influence while involved in a fatal accident.

The woman remained in an Oklahoma jail for over two weeks before a judge released her on bail, ordering her to wear an ankle monitor and to abstain from alcohol until her next court appearance. She is also prohibited from driving or attempting to contact the victim's family. She faces an uncertain future, and will likely benefit from a strong criminal defense. Others facing similar circumstances rely on the assistance of an attorney who has experience advocating for those accused of drunk driving and related offenses.

Source: grandlakenews.com, "Tahlequah woman released following DUI charges", Sheila Stogsdill, June 14, 2017

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