Alcohol does not always bring out the best in people. In fact, many will admit that they often do foolish things while drinking. If a driver already has convictions for driving while impaired in the past, avoiding arrest may seem like the logical response. However, when this involves fleeing police, a driver may end up facing more serious problems and requiring a strong DWI defense.
One Minnesota woman may be in this situation after police attempted to initiate a stop around 10:30 on a recent Saturday night. Police were looking for a vehicle that had struck a light pole and left its front fender behind, and the 23-year-old woman’s car fit that description. However, the woman already had two convictions for DWI. This may have been her motivation for apparently refusing to stop for police.
Reports say she drove into a corn field to avoid arrest then pulled into a parking lot and attempted to run on foot. When police apprehended her, she allegedly gave them her sister’s name and other false information. After she failed a field sobriety test, Minnesota police say she admitted she was intoxicated.
She now faces her third DWI offense, which can mean significant jail time and thousands in fines if convicted. These serious consequences may seem to justify the rash actions of fleeing police, but those actions will likely complicate her DWI defense. Those in similar situations may benefit from the skilled and aggressive representation of an experienced attorney.