Drivers Aren’t the Only Ones Who Get In Trouble When Alcohol, Cars Mix

Usually, we use this blog to update Twin Cities readers about news pertaining to DWI and the legal ramifications of driving while intoxicated.

However, we recently came across a story that did not involve a drunk driver per se, but seemed worth discussing anyhow.

A former St. Paul woman pleaded guilty to felony criminal vehicular operation on Monday, Oct. 15, in connection with an April 2011 incident in which she allegedly grabbed the steering wheel of a car in which she was a passenger and caused a crash on Interstate 94.

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the woman, who now lives in South Carolina, was drunk at the time and the resulting crash caused the driver two break two ribs.

The woman faces up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 when she is sentenced Nov. 27.

We wanted to write about this story because it is a departure from the traditional narrative of someone getting in trouble for being drunk behind the wheel. This woman was a passenger, yet she is still facing serious legal consequences for interfering with the operation of a vehicle while she was intoxicated.

As a Minneapolis DWI attorney, I help clients from around the Twin Cities region after they have been accused of operating a vehicle while drunk. I have a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the relevant law, as well as germane experience that will help me attend to your case effectively and efficiently.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Categories: Criminal Defense, DWI