Sometimes, drivers in North Dakota can get in trouble with the law for driving while intoxicated even though they weren’t actually driving a vehicle at the time of their arrest. For instance, if they cause a crash while driving intoxicated but step out of their vehicle to await emergency responders, police can still determine the driver was driving the vehicle and perform sobriety tests to assess the driver’s level of intoxication. One woman from Moorhead is now facing charges of DWI after police determined she had been driving drunk and ran into a snowbank, causing her car to catch fire.
Accident and arrest
At an unspecified time on Monday night, Jan. 9, police officers and the Moorhead Fire Department responded to reports of a car on fire in the 1800 block of 5th Avenue South. Upon arrival, they found a car engulfed in flames. After extinguishing the fire, they determined no one was in the car. However, they found the alleged driver of the car standing outside a nearby house.
After interviewing witnesses and investigating the crash, authorities determined the woman was indeed the driver of the car, and she was placed under arrest for DWI. The report did not mention the woman’s age or how authorities determined she was intoxicated at the time of the crash. The cause of the car fire is also unknown.
Right to defense
Many questions surround this particular case. For instance, how did authorities determine the woman was intoxicated and how did they know her alleged intoxication led to the crash rather than snow or ice? The woman was arrested and released from Clay County Jail, but she will have to appear in court to answer the charges against her. To increase her chances of getting a favorable outcome, the woman will want to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney in North Dakota who can review the factors that led to her arrest, challenge the evidence against her and help her obtain the best possible results.