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Woman charged with felony DWI and felony assault on an officer

Drivers in Collin who are caught and convicted of driving while ability impaired will face harsh penalties. If the drivers are repeat offenders, they will have more onerous punishments. With a 3rd offense DWI, the charges will be raised to the level of felony. In some instances, when the driver is drunk, other actions, such as assault, will result in multiple offenses being charged against them.

A 29-year-old woman was arrested on felony charges of DWI and for assault on a public servant. Her 2008 KIA was stopped by the trooper investigating traffic violations after 2:30 a.m. The officer allegedly saw signals that the woman was intoxicated. As a result, she was given field sobriety tests and, subsequently, arrested. As she was being taken to jail, she allegedly kicked the trooper. Since the woman had a prior record of DWI (three or more), she was charged with a felony for drunk driving. Assaulting the officer is also a felony. In addition, she was driving with an invalid license.

State appeals court judge charged with DWI offenses

In Plano, the penalties for a conviction on DWI offenses are in place to provide a deterrent to those who think about getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after drinking. In spite of that, there will still be individuals who believe that they are capable of driving after drinking or do not think about the possible consequences. Even those who should know better based on their jobs are not immune to being charged with drunk driving.

A 49-year-old state court of appeals judge was arrested on DWI offenses after a traffic stop. Following the stop, the officer alleges that the woman's eyes were glassy, and she was having trouble standing without swaying. Reportedly, she performed poorly on field sobriety tests. During the investigation, she complained to the officer that she had worked hard to achieve her position as a judge, and that her life and career were in jeopardy of being ruined for being charged with a crime for DWI. Allegedly, she tried to avoid being handcuffed and is accused of refusing a breath test at the police station. According to police, she later said that she consumed five beers before driving.

Man faces felony DWI charges after fleeing scene of accident

While drivers in Plano must be alert to the possibility that there is another vehicle being operated by someone who is driving while intoxicated, people across Texas should also be aware that sometimes drivers get improperly accused of a DWI. In some instances, drivers may even be accused of repeat DWI offenses, which can lead to significant consequences for that driver. Specifically, with a 3rd offense DWI come severe penalties that can affect a person's life substantially.

Wrong-way driver charged after fatal DWI crash

When driving in Plano, one the last things a driver expects is another driver heading the wrong way down the road. If it happens, it can lead to a serious accident. In many instances, the driver who makes what may well have been an honest but tragic mistake is accused of driving while intoxicated.

Moreover, with any alleged drunk driving accident, there is always a chance for a fatality. A driver in Texas who operates a vehicle under the influence and has an accident with injuries or deaths may face an additional charge of vehicular manslaughter.

Man faces multiple offenses after alleged DWI and fatal crash

While most drivers in Plano, Texas obey the laws when it comes to adhering to the speed limit and not getting behind the wheel after drinking, there will always be the danger of a person driving while intoxicated. If there is a drunk driving crash, the driver will face significant criminal penalties if convicted. With injuries and fatalities, the driver will be confronted with multiple offenses and a possible felony DWI.

A 34-year-old man faces numerous charges for multiple offenses after allegedly driving while intoxicated and causing an accident that killed five people. The driver was heading the wrong way on the road when he crashed into another car heading in the opposite direction. There were six people in the other car. When tested for blood alcohol content, police say, the truck driver was found to have three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system. Beer was found in his truck and he didn't cooperate with the police. He was hospitalized with injuries suffered in the crash.

Former jail guard faces numerous charges in fatal DWI crash

Drivers in Collin must all obey the traffic laws. That applies to those who work or have worked in some law enforcement capacity. Simply because the laws are in place, however, doesn't mean that everyone will follow them. A driver who operates a vehicle while intoxicated runs the risk of causing a drunk driving accident. If there is a fatality as a result of the accident, the driver is facing the possibility of a felony DWI charge for vehicular homicide.

A 27-year-old former jail guard was arrested on suspicion of DWI after a crash claimed the lives of two people. The crash occurred at shortly before 7:00 p.m. According to the police investigation, the alleged drunk driver's truck was traveling north when it went into the lanes heading south and hit a Pontiac with two men inside. When emergency crews arrived a short time later, the two men were pronounced dead. Police say that the driver refused to take a test for his blood alcohol content. When a search warrant was obtained to draw blood, the driver resisted. He faces charges for vehicular homicide and obstruction.

Law enforcement increases watch for boating while intoxicated

Drivers in Plano might not be aware that the rules of driving drunk also apply when operating a boat. Boating while intoxicated is the same as driving while intoxicated and carries with it the same penalties. Because boating is part of the summer and many believe that there is less of a risk of having a few drinks and operating a boat, it is a mistake that many will make to operate their boat intoxicated. They will learn that law enforcement is looking for intoxicated boaters and will arrest them if they're caught.

With the warmer weather and summer holidays, law enforcement is stepping up its watch on the water and potential intoxicated boat operators. A plan is in place to keep an eye on boaters and make sure that boats are not operated by intoxicated people, therefore the threat of DWI charges a real possibility. In recent years, law enforcement has stepped up efforts to educate people on the dangers and consequences of drinking and boating. This has yielded a reduction in the number of incidents. They are also providing tips for people who are on the water including having a designated driver, making sure all people are wearing life-jackets and knowing how to swim.

Fatal DWI accident occurs when child falls from roof of car

For drivers in Collin, impaired driving can have significant -- even deadly -- consequences. With a fatal DWI accident, it is a terrible enough occurrence. When it involves the death of a child, it is worse. After an accident with injuries or death, the driver will possibly face intoxication assault charges. This is a felony DWI charge that carries with it harsh penalties.

A 39-year-old mother who was driving home from a local pool with a friend and five children is now facing a felony DWI charge because of an ill-fated decision to have the children ride on the roof of the vehicle. She didn't want the children's wet swimsuits to ruin the interior of her Chevrolet Malibu. A 12-year-old girl fell from the roof, hit her head and eventually died. Three of the other children ranging in age between eight and 14 were hurt. They were treated and released. The mother of the 12-year-old who died was the passenger in the vehicle. The driver was unaware that the children had fallen off until they were stopped by another person. The driver was arrested and her passenger might also face charges.

Driver faces DWI charges after drinking underage

In Collin, DWI charges carry with them numerous penalties. Drivers who are under the age of 21 are not legally allowed to drink and will face the same penalties as a driver of legal age who is arrested for drunk driving. The amount of alcohol that must be in the driver's blood will be less for a driver who is underage than for a driver who is age 21 or over.

A 20-year-old man was arrested and charged with a crime after he drove his truck into a curb and the front wheels wound up on the sidewalk. When police investigated, the man was given a field sobriety test and failed. When he was tested to determine the amount of alcohol in his blood, he registered a 0.176 percent. This is almost twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Even if his BAC was less than 0.08 percent, the man would likely have faced arrest because it is illegal for a person under the age of 21 to have any amount of alcohol in their system.

Man arrested for breath-test refusal and DWI after traffic stop

Drivers in Plano are sometimes unaware of the law of implied consent that requires a driver to submit to a breath test when requested to do so by a law enforcement officer. This test is meant to register the blood-alcohol content of the driver to determine whether he or she is driving under the influence. If a driver commits the act of refusal, there are certain penalties that go along with the charge regardless of their blood-alcohol content.

A local official was arrested and charged with DWI after he was stopped after being clocked driving 114 mph. When the police officer pulled him over, the man claimed that he was speeding because he needed to urinate. The officer asked the man how much he'd had to drink and the man replied that he had consumed three beers within an hour not long before he was stopped for speeding. The officer had the man perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. He then was asked to take a breathalyzer test and refused.

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