Two bad decisions made by an 18-year-old Wisconsin woman had her arrested for suspicion of drunk driving.
At 2:29 a.m. Monday, the woman received an underage drinking citation, but still chose to get into her car and drive. She ended up crossing the center line, striking another vehicle, swerving back into her lane and then finally stopping when she crashed into a stop sign. She was taken to the hospital by helicopter, but was released the next day. The other driver's car went into a ditch and struck a tree, but he was not seriously injured.
According to police, the defendant was issued an underage drinking citation just hours before the accident, but because she is 18-years-old, underage drinking is not a criminal offense. Officers could not detain her or contact her parents regarding the citation. The defendant was 15 minutes away from the apartment where she received the citation when she crashed. Officers are not sure what she was doing between the time she received the citation and was involved in the accident.
Luckily no one was seriously injured in this car accident, but accidents can have serious consequences for everyone involved, especially if you've been injured. You could miss work, your bills pile up, and you worry if your insurance company will cover your losses. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you deal with any insurance issues that may come up relating to your personal injury claim. Your attorney will put together a solid case to get you the financial compensation that you deserve. Every case is unique and an attorney will provide you with the best approach that fits your situation.
According to authorities, no drunk driving charges have been filed in this case.
Source: Wisconsinrapidstribune.com, "Woman suspected of OWI after underage drinking citation," Feb. 16, 2012