Drunk driving is a serious crime, especially if a person is far from home when he or she is charged. A woman from Washington won’t be able to go home for awhile. She recently was arrested for drunk driving in Montana and must now stay in the state while she faces DUI charges.
The 56-year-old woman was pulled over by Montana Highway Patrol on May 21 after witnesses saw her weaving in a construction area. She hit a couple of construction cones and was close to driving into a ditch. At one point, she almost hit the car in front of her.
The woman claimed that she had drunk some alcohol while taking methadone. She had an alcoholic beverage in her vehicle. Police noticed that she was slurring her words and could barely stand up. She failed all but one field sobriety test. Her blood alcohol content (BAC) registered at 0.194% , more than twice the legal limit of 0.08%.
Because of her drunk driving arrest, the woman faces several charges, including misdemeanor DUI and criminal endangerment, a felony that carries a maximum of a $50,000 fine and/or 10 years in prison. She is currently being held on a $50,000 bond.
Driving while intoxicated is not only illegal, but unsafe. In this case, the woman could have caused an accident, serious injury or even death due to her decision to drive after drinking alcohol and taking methadone. Drugs and alcohol do not mix, and the woman – and other drivers on the road at the time – are very fortunate that more damage was not done considering the circumstances.
Source: Ravalli Republic, “Washington woman jailed for driving drunk on Interstate 90,” Gwen Florio, May 23, 2013