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DUI charge: Alameda woman allegedly caused fatal accident

A 30-year-old woman from Alameda County was arrested and booked into jail on charges of driving under the influence. The California Highway Patrol reported that this followed an accident that occurred on a recent Tuesday evening. Records at Alameda County Jail show that the woman is awaiting arraignment on a DUI charge -- among others -- while her initial bail is set at $175,000.

The accident report indicates that the woman was southbound on Interstate 880, when she turned onto the shoulder from the right lane. A 38-year-old man was sitting in a car that was parked on the shoulder. Police reported that the woman smashed into the stationary vehicle. The driver of the parked car was rushed to a medical center, but he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The woman reportedly suffered a broken arm, and CHP officers arrested her after determining that she was under the influence of drugs. The media report does not indicate when a toxicology test was performed. She is apparently facing charges of suspicion of driving while under the influence, along with gross vehicular manslaughter.

When a California driver is charged with suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs, that is exactly what it is -- a suspicion. Any person under suspicion has the right to fair and impartial treatment. An attorney who is experienced in protecting the rights of a driver who is facing a DUI charge will scrutinize the procedures of the arresting and investigating officers to identify any wrongdoing. An accused person will have the opportunity to challenge the evidence obtained by the state. Competent legal representation will provide assistance in preparing and presenting a defense.

Source: CBS San Francisco, "Sunnyvale Man Killed In San Lorenzo Crash; Woman Arrested On DUI Charge", July 14, 2015

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