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Woman accused of drunk driving and fleeing the scene

A New York woman was accused of being involved in a hit and run on March 1. The incident occurred in Watertown at about 11:21 p.m.

Authorities received reports of an accident that occurred in Public Square and of two women leaving the scene. When officers responded, they discovered a 1997 Lincoln Continental that had been abandoned near the 100 block of Washington Street. It appeared that the vehicle had struck several bollards before colliding with a street sign. The two women were found near Franklin Street and were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries that appeared to be minor.

The police eventually identified the woman as a 31-year-old Watertown resident. According to the authorities, she was charged with multiple offenses, including driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident involving a personal injury, aggravated unlicensed operation of the first degree and failing to keep right, among other offenses.

In the state of New York, drunk driving is taken seriously and can result in numerous consequences that could potentially include being required to have an ignition interlock device and probation. Immediately following an alleged drunk driving incident, those who have been charged are at risk for losing their driver’s license, potentially preventing them from getting to and from work or from running errands. A criminal law attorney may potentially negotiate a conditional license while the case is ongoing. When it comes to the actual drunk driving charge, the attorney may investigate the evidence the prosecution has. If the evidence is strong, the attorney may negotiate to have the person’s criminal record remain free of a DWI conviction by having the person go to rehabilitation.

Source: CNY Central, “Police: Woman facing DWI charge after crashing car, fleeing accident in Watertown“, March 2, 2017

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