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Driver facing DUI charge, other allegations

Tennessee police recently arrested a woman for allegedly driving under the influence. In addition to her DUI charges, she is also facing at least one count for theft of over $1,000. Since this is not her first drunk driving-related criminal charge, the potential consequences could be especially severe.

Authorities were alerted by a bystander to a potential one-vehicle accident. Although the person who called 911 had not seen the wreck, she reported that a van was situated across both lanes in a road, blocking traffic. The vehicle's lights were still on and police apparently found the keys still in the ignition.

Police found the driver accused of causing the wreck standing outside of a nearby home. She told authorities that she had driven over a set of train tracks and then lost control. She hit a roadside telephone pole, overcorrected the wheel and then struck a nearby utility pole. The driver said she tried to call 911 but for some reason was unable to do so. She later supposedly admitted to using drugs before taking her friend's vehicle without permission.

After further investigation, the responding officers determined that this was not her first DUI charge and that her license had previously been revoked. Because of this, her current criminal charge list includes the count for theft, a second offense of driving with a revoked license and a third offense for drunk driving. For Tennessee defendants, waiting to see how things turn out is usually not advisable, and instead most individuals choose to begin working on their criminal defense plans in as timely a manner as possible.

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