On Friday, a 34-year-old Seattle woman was arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving after reportedly striking another vehicle.
When officers found her, she was apparently passed out in the driver's seat. Police said that upon waking, she was unable to perform any standard field sobriety tests, and refused to take a breathalyzer test.
Police said the woman's blood alcohol level was over three times the legal limit and that she had her 22-month-old son in the car with her at the time. The child has been taken into custody by Child Protective Services.
At the time of the incident, the woman's license had been revoked. Surprisingly, she had an ignition interlock device installed in her vehicle. Over the past decade, she has apparently been arrested for DUI five times. She has in the past also been charged for driving with a suspended license.
A DUI conviction can be quite disruptive to one's life, and can carry some heavy consequences. And as our readers know, it seems lawmakers are always trying to crack down on DUI, making it even harder for those who are convicted. In fact, Washington lawmakers just passed a bill which will crack down on those driving under the influence.
The bill would expand DUI laws to include huffing, inhaling chemicals to get high, and would also make it more difficult to fool an ignition Breathalyzer. The new law proposes to have offenders pay for cameras that would verify they are the person taking the breath tests rather than a sober passenger.
The legislation has already been delivered to the office of Governor Chris Gregoire, who is expected to sign it.
Source: Seattle Times, "Cops: Woman arrested for DUI had toddler in car," Christine Clarridge March 16, 2012.