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Passenger Charged with DUI

Posted by Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney | Sep 05, 2014 | 0 Comments

Strange DUI Stories
You've probably heard about all kinds of unusual DUI cases, from people getting drunk and "driving" a lawn mower to those who fall asleep in a stationary car with the keys in the ignition. But there's a story in Virginia where a woman was indicted for DUI - even though she was sitting in the car's back seat.

According to an online story in the Roanoke Times, a 25-year old woman from Moneta pled guilty this week to driving under the influence stemming from an accident which occurred in January of last year. Brandi Snow Williams was in the back seat of a car which was traveling on a highway in Bedford County, when she reportedly attempted to seize control of the steering wheel several times. She finally succeeded and the car overturned on the highway, which sent Williams and four other occupants to a nearby hospital. Williams admitted to being intoxicated while at the medical facility.

Though the charges were initially dropped by the prosecutor, Williams was eventually indicted by a grand jury in October. As part of her plea agreement, Williams received 30 days of deferred jail time, fines and court costs totaling $455, and a restricted license for a year. The good news is that the person who was driving the vehicle was not charged with DUI, which could have happened had Williams not confessed. It just represents yet another situation where a driver was not responsible for an accident in which alcohol was involved.  Although, the NHTSA is likely to categorize it as an "alcohol involved accident."

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