Woman suspected of OWI after Wisconsin traffic stop

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.