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Connecticut woman charged with DWI hours after birthday

For some young people, turning 21 years old is sometimes seen as a rite of passage that often includes drinking large amounts of alcohol. A Connecticut woman may have taken the celebration a little too far when she allegedly wrecked her vehicle shortly after turning 21 years old. After the single vehicle wreck, she was arrested and charged with a DWI.

The wreck occurred around half past 4 a.m. on Friday morning. The woman, whose birthday was on Thursday, apparently lost control of her vehicle while driving too fast. She supposedly ended up hitting two snow banks on opposite sides of the road before her vehicle rolled and came to rest on the passenger side.

Luckily for the driver, after the wreck, a passing motorist stopped to help her climb out of her vehicle. When police showed up, her BAC was discovered to be above the legal limit, and she was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Authorities believe that both speed and alcohol played a role in the single vehicle accident.

While a DWI charge is generally handled quite seriously in Connecticut courts, it is imperative that the driver be presumed innocent unless prove otherwise. In this instance, the driver might be well-advised to review applicable state and federal laws as they relate to her case and charges. Doing so may help the driver form a knowledgeable defense team that, acting in her best interest, may aid in the decision to either negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutor or to head to court to fight the charges.

Source:, West Hartford Woman Turns 21, Gets Drunk, Flips Car, Police Say, Christine Dempsey, Feb. 28, 2014

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