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Michigan woman faces OWI/DUI charges

A two-car accident on Nov. 22 led to the arrest of a 29-year-old woman, according to local police. Michigan authorities arrested her on suspicion of OWI/DUI, for which she now faces charges. She is currently being held at a county jail awaiting trial, though no trial date has been publicly announced at this time. 

According to the accident report, the woman was exiting out of a parking lot on M28's south side, when she failed to yield to an eastbound SUV. The woman's vehicle struck the SUV on the driver's side with enough force to flip the other vehicle onto its side. The driver of the SUV, a 39-year-old woman, and an unknown passenger were both taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries that appear to have been minor. 

The younger driver was also treated for minor injuries, but police later charged her with operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs. It is unclear from the report what caused police to suspect the woman might have been high at the time of the accident. No mention of drug tests was made in the official report. 

In order for a Michigan court to find the woman guilty of OWI/DUI, prosecutors will have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the woman was under the influence of some kind of drug when the accident occurred. Even then, there are ways for the woman's defense team to fight such charges. If, for example, the woman was on prescription medication and had a negative reaction, attorneys could convincingly argue she was not intentionally intoxicated. 

Source: abc10up.com, "Driver arrested on DUI charge following two-car accident", Nov. 24, 2017

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