All drivers have likely had a moment when they were momentarily unaware that traffic had slowed or stopped. In most cases, drivers are able to recover from a momentary lapse (that can occur for a variety of reasons). In some rare cases, an accident occurs. Unfortunately, a woman in Virginia faces a DWI charge after police say that she crashed into the rear of an unmarked police car.
The incident happened one evening in December. Police claim that a police officer in an unmarked car was stopped at a red light. Reports indicate that a car driven by a 40-year-old woman crashed into the police car.
The officer allegedly only suffered minor injuries in the collision. Although he was treated at the hospital, he was soon released, reportedly returning to work the day after the accident. The driver was charged with driving while intoxicated and taken into custody. She was released the next morning.
Car accidents happen every day, often due to drivers who were not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, when an accident happens at night or in the evening, it may be easy to make assumptions that are not based on evidence. In order to convict the Virginia woman of the DWI charge she faces, prosecutors must provide sufficient evidence to prove that she is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt -- a standard that is purposefully set high in order to prevent wrongful convictions. Because most people have little experience navigating the criminal justice system, they often chose to seek the guidance of an attorney with experience defending such cases.
Source: wtop.com, "Fairfax Co. police chief injured in crash with alleged drunken driver", Sarah Beth Hensley, Dec. 13, 2016