Most drivers have likely had an experience in which they have forgotten to turn on their headlights while driving. While this is typically a relatively minor issue, a woman in Wisconsin now faces OWI allegations after a traffic stop. The woman reportedly remained hospitalized in the days following the incident after she was injured during it.
An officer with Wisconsin State Patrol claims he noticed a driver driving without headlights during the early morning hours of a day in late June. The officer claims that he attempted a stop. However, the driver continued heading south, ultimately turning the wrong way on an interstate off ramp.
Once the driver stopped, the officer claims that the 39-year-old driver appeared to be intoxicated; however, it is unclear what led to the officer to this assumption. The woman reportedly fell during a field sobriety test. She was transported to the hospital as a result where a blood draw was taken. She remained hospitalized so her medical condition could be evaluated, but she is suspected of a seventh offense for operating a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants or drugs.
Some people may find themselves suffering from a medical condition with symptoms that may resemble intoxication. Even when a person has a history of OWI issues, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt for a person in Wisconsin and across the country to be convicted of criminal charges. Because the consequences of a conviction can be severe, most people facing such accusations want an experienced criminal defense attorney on their side.