Month: August 2013

Seat-Switching Duo Both Charged with DUI on Same Traffic Stop

dui-you-cant-afford-it-pennsylvaniaAccording to NBC Philadelphia, a western Pennsylvania couple is facing DUI charges stemming from a Fourth of July traffic stop. The unusual part of this incident is that both the 33-year-old man and the 24-year-old woman, who live together in New Sewickley Township, were charged for driving drunk in the same vehicle on the same night, within minutes of one another. Law enforcement authorities allege that the man was initially driving and swerving through traffic, when he pulled into a parking lot. He then switched seats with his female passenger, who was in the driver’s seat at the time of the traffic stop.

Police claimed that both individuals smelled of alcohol and were too intoxicated to drive safely when they were stopped, yet both had been driving the vehicle. Officers measured the blood alcohol content (BAC) of both parties; the man’s blood alcohol content was above the legal limit, while the woman’s BAC was just slightly below the legal limit.… Read More

DUI Fatality Leads to Vehicular Homicide Charges for Delaware County Woman

philly-city-hallAccording to a recent Philly.com article, a 23-year-old Delco woman is facing vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter, and DUI charges stemming from an accident last summer in which her 21-year-old male passenger died. The woman reportedly was driving west on Enterprise Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia in July 2012 when she drifted onto the shoulder of the street and slammed into a stopped tractor-trailer. The collision caused severe head and body trauma to her passenger, who died two days later at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania.

As this case illustrates, what may be a simple case of DUI can quickly become a much more serious crime when severe injuries or death results from the incident. While many DUI cases never involve an accident or injury to anyone, some do, which can expose the intoxicated driver not only to civil liability, but also to multiple criminal charges with harsh and serious penalties that have the potential to negatively impact a person’s life for years to come.… Read More