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Alleged drunk driver blinded by sun, strikes 3 victims

A 21-year-old Michigan woman is facing criminal charges for drunk driving after she allegedly struck three people with her vehicle. The woman is facing formal charges of operating while intoxicated - second offense, along with two counts of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury. Authorities report that the driver's blood alcohol content after arrest measured at 0.12 percent. The legal limit for driving in the state of Michigan is 0.08 percent.

Officers say the accident happened at about 7:20 a.m. on Aug. 18, when the woman struck three pedestrians. She said the sunlight blinded her while driving; the driver initially thought she had struck three trash cans. Suspicious, she exited her vehicle to discover three victims, ages 59, 61 and 77. All three of those victims were transported to area medical facilities after suffering serious injuries in the crash. No further medical information has been released regarding those injured pedestrians.

Police officers at the scene talked to the woman and her passenger after the crash, discovering that she was intoxicated. It is not clear if the woman had been drinking that morning or if she was still intoxicated from the previous night's festivities. The woman has since been released on a $10,000 bond. She has already been convicted of one drunk driving offense, which caused her operating while intoxicated charge to increase in severity.

In serious cases like this one, the expertise of a qualified criminal defense attorney is absolutely vital. Defendants in drunk driving cases do not always know their rights, especially if they are first-time offenders. Those accused of drunk driving deserve an advocate to help them learn about their legal options and responsibilities after arraignment. Professional criminal defense lawyers can provide this support, educating clients about the details of their case while ensuring a fair legal proceeding.

Source: detroit.cbslocal.com, "Drunk driver thought pedestrians she hit were trash cans" No author given, Aug. 21, 2013