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Crash into power pole causes no injuries but leads to DUI charge

In the early morning hours of a recent Saturday, officers at the office of the Lakeport Police Department received a call about a single-vehicle crash. They rushed to the scene and arrived within three minutes. A woman was found near the wreck, and officers determined that she was the only occupant of the vehicle at the time of the crash. The 29-year-old California woman apparently suffered no injuries, but she is now facing a DUI charge.

While no details were available about what led to the crash, officers reported that the driver smashed into a fence and a power pole. Upon arrival, they found the car up against the pole with the bottom five feet of the pole wedged under the car. The impact apparently caused the pole to break, and the top part of it was leaning against the car.

According to the accident report, the demeanor of the driver gave officers the impression that she was intoxicated. She apparently admitted to having consumed several alcoholic drinks. A series of field sobriety tests were carried out, and upon alleged failure to pass those tests, a preliminary alcohol screening was done. This test apparently indicated a blood-alcohol level of well above the legal limit.

Based on these tests, the woman was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge and later released on bail. The most appropriate step after such an arrest is usually retaining the services of an experienced California DUI defense attorney. Even misdemeanor charges can have severe consequences if a conviction is obtained. While protecting a client's legal rights throughout the legal proceedings, a lawyer can advocate on behalf of the accused person in pursuing an outcome with limited adverse consequences.

Source: lakeconews.com, "Woman arrested for DUI after crashing into fence, power pole", Dec. 6, 2015

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