A 25-year-old Maryland woman was taken into custody for drinking and driving after she allegedly caused a head-on collision in the early morning hours of March 25. She submitted to field sobriety tests, and although the results of the tests were not released, she faces DUI charges. Early that morning, Maryland law enforcement personnel responded to a call to be on the look out for a white car. Within two minutes, someone reported a head-on collision involving the same vehicle that had hit an SUV. Both vehicles sustained serious front-end damage.
A 20-year-old woman was arrested on Oct. 9, 2012, in Conewago Township for drinking and driving. She has pleaded guilty to a DUI charge, driving with a suspended license and attempting to disarm a police officer. According to the terms of her plea agreement, she will spend three months in custody for driving on a suspended license with 10 additional days for DUI, with credit to time already served. She must pay nearly $100 in restitution and could receive additional fines. The plea agreement dropped multiple offenses against her, including felony assault. She will also be on probation for about three years. Following complaints of unruly behavior at a property from local residents, law enforcement stopped her as she was leaving. She admitted that she did not have a driver's license and refused to answer questions before officers attempted to remove her from the car. She did not comply with requests for blood-alcohol content level testing (BAC), but officers determined she could not safely operate her car, which led to the DUI charges. Her license had been suspended because of a prior refusal to submit to BAC testing.
Though Maryland drunk driving laws have been tightened in recent years, many special interest groups are lobbying to increase the severity of such penalties to an even greater degree. The focus of many such groups is now on the individual charged for the first time of such an offense.
There is now a stigma that goes along with being arrested for drunk driving. Being pulled over for a DUI could lead to large fines and significant jail time. However, because such arrests are often publicized in local newspapers before there has even been a determination of guilt or innocence, those individuals arrested often face public embarrassment and the possible breakup of their family as well.
A number of individuals were arrested by Maryland State Police for DUI during increased law enforcement presence over St. Patrick's Day weekend. Probably no one would be surprised at the increased number of arrests that occurred since the holiday did fall on a Saturday night.
A recent fatal Maryland accident demonstrates the difficulties when it comes to trying drunk driving' cases. Finding exactly what occurred will be extremely complex as it is alleged that both drivers involved in the crash were labeled as being drunk.