People from Colorado must have noticed the various state police checkpoints for checking if a driver is intoxicated. A police officer may stop a vehicle if there is reasonable suspicion that the driver is under the influence. The police may ask the driver to perform field sobriety tests, including a breath test.
But if the tests show that the person is intoxicated above legal limits, it may be proof enough that the driver was operating the vehicle under the influence and the person may be charged with a DUI. On Thanksgiving Day, a woman was arrested on various charges, including driving under the influence.
According to reports, a car collided with a parked vehicle. This collision happened in a parking lot. There were two minors in the car. It was also reported that the driver fled the scene when the police intercepted her. The driver was passing vehicles, including cars and trucks in a no-passing zone. In order to stop the high-speed chase, police slowed down and followed the suspect from a distance.
It was also stated that the car collided again after running a red light. The suspect was arrested and is being held on $5,000 bond. The suspect was formally notified of the charges, which include reckless driving, DUI and driving under suspension. The court order stated that the suspect has to submit to random breath tests, at least until the court proceedings are over. Eight breath tests need to be conducted every month on the suspect.
A person who is charged with DUI should be sure to immediately begin to assess the legal options which could be available. A DUI conviction could subject a person to a variety of penalties, including fines and a jail sentence. However, the right criminal defense strategy may help the suspect to avoid convictions, and in some cases to reduce the sentence.
Source: Craig Daily Press, "Thanksgiving Day hit-and-run suspect arraigned in Moffat County Court," Joe Moylan, Nov. 27, 2012