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Woman charged with drunk driving after wrong-way accident

Penalties for driving under the influence vary from state to state, but Oklahoma's are some of the harshest. Drunk driving convictions can result in fines, jail time and loss of driver's license. When other traffic violations are included, a person may be concerned about his or her future. One woman in Tulsa may be thinking seriously about defense strategies after her recent arrest.

The 23-year-old woman was taken into custody around 11 p.m. one night after apparently colliding with one vehicle and driving another off the road. Police say she admitted that she was traveling east on the westbound side of a divided highway. She reportedly struck an SUV and caused the driver of another car to swerve into the concrete barrier to avoid a collision with the wrong-way driver.

One person in the SUV and the driver of the other car were taken to the hospital with injuries. Police reported that the woman said she had spent the evening in a local restaurant where she consumed a number of mixed drinks before driving on the wrong side of the highway. She is charged with DUI, driving with a suspended license and wrong-way driving.

Because she was driving with a suspended license, it is possible this is not her first drunk driving offense. If this is true, she may be facing up to five years in jail in addition to other penalties. The second offense may be a felony in Oklahoma, which could jeopardize the woman's job and other factors in her future. Having a strong defense will be important. Her attorney may work to have the charges dismissed or at least to reduce the penalties.

Source:, "Tulsa Wrong-Way Highway Crash Sends Driver To Jail", Jan. 18, 2017

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