The effects of a car accident may sometimes be subtle. While cuts and broken bones are easily determined, the emotional and psychological impact of a motor vehicle accident may be more difficult to ascertain. These effects can often create confusion for the victim that may lead to behaviors that some people may perceive as evidence of being under the influence of alcohol. After an accident in Illinois, one woman now faces a DUI charge after police claim she drove the wrong way on the Interstate.
The accident occurred early one morning in March. Details regarding the initial accident are unclear at this time, but reports indicate that the a female driver who was driving south in the southbound lanes was involved in an accident. During the accident, her car apparently turned, causing the woman to drive north in the southbound lanes after the incident.
She eventually changed directions so that she was once again driving south in the southbound lanes. Approximately 30 minutes after the accident, she exited the Interstate, where she was stopped by police officers. She was then arrested for driving under the influence.
It is unclear how police officers determined that she was under the influence, or what her blood alcohol level was, as opposed to simply being disoriented from the accident. However, Illinois prosecutors will have to provide enough evidence against the woman to prove that she is guilty of the DUI charge beyond a reasonable doubt. In many cases, this is a difficult burden of proof to meet. If they are unable to meet this standard, the woman must be found not guilty.
Source: CBS Chicago, "Woman Arrested For DUI After Driving Wrong Way On Edens", , March 20, 2014