When police in Utah find a person that they believe is driving in suspicious manner, they often pull the car over. The traffic stop can be for driving too slowly, too quickly, for a broken tail light or for many other reasons. In some cases, drivers are pulled over when officers suspect DUI is the cause of their erratic driving.
This is what happened recently to a local television personality in Utah. On a spring evening, the woman was travelling slowly in the left lane of a highway. Noticing this, an officer pulled her over for a traffic stop. Once the woman stopped her vehicle, the officer noticed a cup with a straw in it in her car. The cup turned out to be filled with alcohol.
Field sobriety tests were administered on the woman, though she refused to take a preliminary breath test at the scene. Instead she requested and received a blood draw at the local station. In the end, she was accused of having a .10 blood alcohol level, which is above the state DUI limit of .08.
This finding led to a DUI charge for the Utah woman. She mounted a defense against the charge and eventually plead guilty to a lesser crime. This allowed her to pay a fine and serve community service rather than face jail time for her crime. Mounting the defense proved to be a good choice for the accused woman, and many in the state may find that taking similar actions could help to ensure that they receive a fair and appropriate outcome in their individual case.
Source: sltrib.com, “Channel 2 anchor Shauna Lake settles DUI case with guilty plea to lesser charge“, Mariah Noble, July 25, 2017