A woman was recently accused of drinking and driving in Colorado. She is said to have ended up causing an alleged DUI accident near an Air Force Academy. The crash happened early in the morning on a Tuesday.
At around 4 a.m., a vehicle was going south along a street and suddenly left the roadway. The automobile struck a pole and caused power lines to fall onto the street. At that time, the woman driving the car was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI.
Police said speeding was also a causal factor in the collision. The woman was transported to a local hospital, although no details were provided about the severity of her injuries. About 150 businesses and homes lost power for multiple hours following the accident.
When a person is accused of DUI in the state of Colorado, it is within his or her rights to proceed to trial to fight the criminal charge. At trial, prosecutors have to prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt before a conviction can be handed down against the defendant. As an alternative, the person may seek to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution, which may offer the benefit of leading to a lighter charge and/or a more lenient sentence than what would be rendered following a guilty verdict at trial. In either scenario, the criminal defense will strive for the most personally favorable outcome for the client while also ensuring that none of his or her applicable rights are violated during the criminal justice proceedings.
Source: gazette.com, “Suspected drunk driver hits utility pole; power restored to 149 Colorado Springs homes“, Rachel Riley, Nov. 12, 2016