Police arrested a 46-year-old Norwich woman on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) on Dec. 27. Law enforcement officers took her into custody after determining that she was intoxicated at the time she caused an injury crash in July 2019.
The collision that she is alleged to have caused occurred at the intersection of Dixell Avenue and Hartford Turnpike. Investigators say that the woman struck another vehicle after running a stoplight at the intersection in July. The driver of that vehicle suffered serious rib and shoulder injuries. A police report shows that her car ultimately came to a stop after striking a metal utility pole.
Toxicology results show that the woman’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was over three times Connecticut’s legal limit. This motivated police to ultimately take the woman into custody. She has since been charged with violation of a traffic signal, DUI and assault with a motor vehicle. She’s being held on a $50,000 bond.
Drunk driving in itself is a serious crime to be charged with here in Connecticut. Individuals automatically have their licenses suspended when they’re suspected of driving drunk. They may also be hauled off to jail.
The penalties for drunk driving only increase the more intoxicated an individual is or the more damage or harm that they cause. Anyone who’s previously been charged with a DUI found to have been driving with a BAC that is double or more the legal limit or who injures others may have their charges upgraded to something more serious.
A drunk driving defense attorney can advise you of the consequences of being convicted of an aggravated DUI here in Norwich. Your Connecticut lawyer can also advise you of potential defense strategies that may be appropriate for you to pursue in your case.