A New York woman has been charged for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI),
assault on a police officer, and several other offenses after an altercation
broke out during her arrest. In what's made national headlines, the
26-year-old woman from Yonkers had been stopped by NY State Police after
she struck a guard rail several times with her vehicle. After questioning
her and conducting sobriety tests, officers determined that she was intoxicated
and placed her under arrest.
While under arrest and in the back seat of the police car, the woman became
upset, loud, and began kicking the interior of the cruiser. State troopers
made an attempt to restrain the woman, but during the altercation, one
state trooper was kicked in the face by the woman with her high-heeled
shoe. According to officials, the trooper suffered serious injuries to his eye.
After the altercation, troopers managed to get the woman under control,
and transported her for breath testing. She blew a .16 – twice New
York's legal limit of .08. She has been charged for DWI, felony assault
on a police officer, resisting arrest, aggravated unlicensed operation
of a motor vehicle, and various traffic infractions.
This story, while on the extreme side of DWI arrests, may serve as entertainment
for the public at large. However, it can also serve as a crucial reminder that
one's conduct during the short time of their arrest can lead to serious,
life-altering consequences. In this case, the woman now faces a slew of criminal charges. Should
she have cooperated and requested a lawyer, she would be facing less charges
and would have provided herself and her attorneys with better opportunities
for a defense.
The woman's extreme behavior not only creates extra criminal charges
– with the threat of additional and severe penalties – but
also can be used as further evidence of the woman's intoxication.
Prosecutors are likely to latch on to extreme conduct like the woman displayed
in their attempts to gain convictions. Our firm continually stresses to
clients and non-clients the importance of remaining calm and respectful
during arrests, and to exercise one's right to remain silent and request a lawyer.
If you or somone you love is facing DUI charges with additional charges
incurred during an arrest,
contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to discuss your case.