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North Carolina woman faces DUI and assault charges

The threat of arrest may cause people to do unexpected things. This may be because they already have convictions on their records or they simply fear what may happen next. The possibility of a drunk driving charge may be especially concerning for a North Carolina driver, and one woman may be facing an uncertain future following a recent arrest.

The 26-year-old woman was pulled over by state police for allegedly speeding just after 2 a.m. The trooper who approached her car reported smelling alcohol on the woman. He also claimed that the woman's eyes were red and that she had an open container of alcohol with her in the vehicle. The officer said that the woman became physically resistant when he attempted to arrest her, pushing him, assaulting him and attempting to run away.

When the trooper finally handcuffed the driver and placed her in the back of his patrol car, she allegedly attempted to escape by slipping her hands from the cuffs and trying to jump out of the car. The officer says he was going about 45 mph at the time. Apparently, this happened more than once, which may have accounted for the bruises on the woman's face. The trooper charged the driver with DUI and assault, but officials say she may also face charges for damaging personal property.

In North Carolina, DUI convictions may result in fines, jail time and other penalties, depending on the circumstances. Following an arrest for such charges, it is wise for the accused to seek legal advocacy as soon as possible. By securing the help of an attorney, one can begin to build a strong defense strategy.

Source: newsobserver.com, "Woman tried to jump from police cruiser, NC trooper charges", Ron Gallagher, Nov. 10, 2017

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