A Connecticut school teacher was recently charged with DUI and second-degree assault with a motor vehicle after she crashed into another car on Dec. 3. Two people were injured in the incident, including a pedestrian. The wreck occurred in the afternoon on Route 32 in Willimantic.
The details of the accident were not reported. However, police said that a 78-year-old man was walking on the sidewalk when the crash happened. The man as well as a female passenger in the second vehicle that was involved was taken to a hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries. The woman was apprehended on suspicion of driving under the influence, and her bail was set at $50,000. Her next court appearance was scheduled for Dec. 4.
This was not the first time the teacher has been charged with alcohol-related driving violations. On three separate occasions, she was convicted of driving under the influence. According to a school superintendent, the woman worked as a life skills teacher at Horace W. Porter School.
The stigma associated with drunk driving may make it difficult to retain employment in the future, especially if the accused individual worked with children. If a person has been charged with driving under the influence, then he or she might want to hire a criminal defense attorney to help them mitigate some of the potential consequences. In some cases, an attorney could assist in arranging a plea deal with prosecutors that would place a defendant in an alcohol rehabilitation center in lieu of jail time.
Source: FOX CT, "Woman charged with DUI after serious crash in Willimantic", Samantha Schoenfeld, December 03, 2014