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Virginia elementary school teacher facing DWI charges

Police in Virginia say that 29-year-old woman was distracted and drunk when her vehicle was involved in an accident in Chesterfield County on the afternoon of March 6. The woman, who works as an elementary school teacher, has been charged with driving while intoxicated and cited for following the vehicle ahead too closely and texting while driving. A breath test conducted about two hours after the accident is said to have measured the woman's blood alcohol level at .23 percent. That is almost three times the .08 percent legal limit.

Police responding to a motor vehicle accident on Robious Road in Chesterfield at approximately 3:00 p.m. say that the woman admitted to them that she had been reading email on her cellphone at the time of the crash. Officers determined that the woman's vehicle had rear-ended the car ahead and were prepared to let her leave with a distracted driving ticket when one of them allegedly noticed a broken bottle on the ground next to her vehicle.

Officers say that the broken bottle led them to believe that impairment as well as distraction may have caused the accident, and reports indicate that the woman was taken into custody after failing a series of standardized field sobriety tests. When questioned, the woman is said to have admitted to drinking earlier in the day.

Individuals who have not been in trouble with the law before often feel the need to confess in drunk driving situations when the evidence against them seems overwhelming. Experienced criminal defense attorneys may counsel their clients to be polite to police officers but make no statements or answer any questions until a lawyer is present. Defense attorneys and not police officers discuss plea agreements with prosecutors, and they may be able to negotiate more successfully when they possess information that law enforcement does not.

Source: ABC 13 Lynchburg, "Documents: Va. teacher, charged with DUI, was reading email when she wrecked", Elizabeth Tyree, March 26, 2018

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