When police see a wrecked car and a driver who is not fully aware of his or her surroundings, they tend to assume that the driver is intoxicated. But this assumption isn't always true - and when the cops screw up, it doesn't reflect well on them.
Such was the case in Frisco, Texas, when a female driver struck a curb and crashed into a fire hydrant after dropping her kids off at day care. The police subsequently arrested her for driving under the influence, forcing Julie Cunningham to spend a night in jail.
But when her brother picked her up the next morning, Cunningham was still having trouble moving and was slurring her speech. So her brother rushed her to a hospital, where doctors found the reason for her poor driving. No, it wasn't alcohol - it was a brain tumor.
Cunningham had the tumor removed a few days later and is now recuperating at the hospital. She is a Navy veteran and mother of four children.
Unsurprisingly, Frisco Police revealed that Cunningham blew a 0.0 on a Breathalyzer test. But although the district attorney hasn't filed a DUI case, the charges still have not been dropped - because the police are following protocol and waiting for the results of a toxicology test.
So instead of assessing the situation carefully, Frisco Police snatched Cunningham up and threw her in jail on a DUI charge, which probably didn't help her medical condition. And if you think that everything worked out just fine, consider this: what if Cunningham's brain tumor had put her into medical distress, and she wound up dying in jail?