Three Florida women risked injury by forcing a suspected drunk driver to crash into their car to enable police to arrest her. The DUI/DWI incident took place on I-75 near North Fort Meyers.
Three women travelling in a Nissan Sentra noticed a white Chevrolet Cavalier behaving in what they believed to be an erratic fashion. The driver was allegedly weaving between lanes and hitting curbs. When the Chevrolet entered traffic on I-75, the three women followed her. One of the three women called 911 and remained in telephone contact with the police while the driver tried to maintain visual contact with the Chevrolet.
Police did not arrive immediately, and the driver of the Sentra made a quick decision: she overtook and passed the Chevrolet, pulled into the same lane and slammed on the brakes. The Chevrolet crashed into the back of the Sentra and came to a complete stop. Police were soon on the scene and arrested the driver of the Chevrolet. She was charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and careless driving. The suspect was taken to Fort Meyers’ Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The initial police report of the accident did not describe the damage to the Sentra or say whether the driver or her two passengers suffered any injuries. Police praised the three women for calling 911 but discouraged others from following their example in intentionally causing a collision.
The apparent heroism of the three women should not detract from the suspect’s right to be presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone who is facing DUI or DWI charges may benefit from consulting a capable attorney who handles such cases. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide a helpful evaluation of the evidence in the case and an estimate of the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or outright acquittal.
Source: Huffington Post, “Heroic Women Sacrifice Own Car To Block Alleged DUI Driver On Highway,” Lee Moran, Sep. 5, 2017