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Driver suspected of drunk driving after crashing into lake

| Mar 30, 2021 | OWI |

While many campaigns and outreach efforts in Indiana and elsewhere focus on reducing and preventing drunk diving, this unfortunately still occurs. When a motorist is accused of being over the legal limit, he or she has the right and opportunity to assert a defense against these allegations. While it may seem like a minor charge, the reality is that depending on the details of the traffic stop and the individuals criminal and driving record, and a drunk driving charge could carry with it serious penalties if a conviction results.

Accident leads to suspicion of drunk driving

Authorities in Culver were recently dispatched to an accident site. It involved a single car that supposedly crashed into Lake Maxinkuckee. Preliminary reports indicated that this occurred just before 5 a.m. near East Shore Drive and 18B Road. When officers arrived, they asserted that the vehicle was submerged in the lake. The 19-year-old female driver was suspected of drunk driving. It was no reported whether any passengers were in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Drunk driving charges

The motorist was transported to the hospital. There, it was claimed that she tested nearly three times the legal limit. Following this, she was taken into custody and placed in jail. Details regarding her charges were not reported beyond her being charged with drunk driving. Additionally, it is not clear if this is her first charge or whether she has a past criminal record.

A drunk driving charge is often treated like a minor offense. While this is true in some cases, it could result in more serious charges and carry with it harsh penalties. Thus, it is important that motorists accused of drunk driving take the time to fully understand the situation and explore his or her defense options. This could ultimately help one reduce and even dismiss the charges against them.