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Teen driver facing OWI charge, others after September wreck

A 19-year-old woman is facing serious charges in connection with a vehicle wreck in Michigan that ended in an alleged assault on an officer. The woman was arrested for drinking and driving in Ypsilanti, according to authorities. The woman is facing charges under the state's 'super drunk' driving law, which is designed to provide extra measures of punishment for those who drive with a blood alcohol content that measures at 0.17 percent or higher. The legal limit for driving in Michigan is 0.08 percent.

The woman is accused of crashing her vehicle in Ypsilanti during the evening hours on Sept. 7, 2013. Arresting officers say they noticed that the woman was visibly intoxicated at the time of her arrest. She allegedly attempted to resist arrest, reportedly biting an officer on the arm. That officer did not require medical treatment after the incident, according to official reports.

The young woman is officially facing an OWI charge, along with being a minor operating with any amount of BAC. She is also suspected of possessing marijuana and maliciously destroying property; in this case, it appears that the woman crashed her boyfriend's vehicle. He had not given her permission to drive the car. The woman was also driving on a suspended license at the time of her arrest, according to authorities.

Although the crash occurred several months ago, the woman was not arraigned until Jan. 9 because the results of a blood draw were pending in the case. A warrant for the woman was not even issued until December. Criminal defendants have the right to a speedy trial, even if they are alleged to have been driving with a high blood alcohol content level. A qualified Michigan attorney may be able to protect defendants' rights, providing them with the information they need to pursue a quick court proceeding.

Source: The Ann Arbor News, "Police: 19-year-old woman accused of 'super drunk' driving bit officer" John Counts, Jan. 31, 2014

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