A law enforcement trainee has been accused of crashing an SUV this past week after allegedly having a bit too much drink.
The alleged driver was driving the vehicle when she first crashed her vehicle. She then ran other motorists off of the road at the following intersection. She did this while driving back to her motel and with one tire missing off of the vehicle, according to law enforcement.
Police ended up arresting the driver back near the interstate. Police were given a heads up from a concerned citizen that stated that an SUV had driven away after crashing their vehicle. A few moments later, police received another call about a silver SUV that was missing a tire.
Two more reports came later that an SUV had run several other cars off of the road. The final person to call in followed the driver to make sure she did not crash again and kept law enforcement aware of her whereabouts. Police arrived on the scene to find the driver inside of the SUV in a parking lot with a tire missing and matching the descriptions given by the callers.
When the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed the smell of alcohol and that "her eyes were glassy and her speech was slurred." According to police reports, the driver told the officer she had two drinks at the facility's on-campus bar.
The investigating officer stated that the driver then refused to submit to field sobriety tests. Police arrested her, and she was eventually taken into custody and placed in the county jail.
Statements to Police
Statements that are made to police during a DUI arrest can come back to haunt you. Depending on the nature of the statements, and how or when they are said, the statements could be used as evidence against you in court.
This is especially true when statements are made before you are in custody or detained by police. Before you are detained, any statements you make voluntarily could be used against you.
If instead, you were arrested but officers failed to advise you of your Miranda rights, these statements made after you were detained but before you were advised of your rights could be inadmissible. You have rights under the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as well as the Georgia Constitution not to incriminate yourself. Police are required to inform you of these rights through the "Miranda warnings."
Consult an Experienced DeKalb County DUI Attorney
While it is often best to just stay silent rather than answer questions during a DUI arrest, it is likely already too late for that. However, in certain circumstances, the statements you made can be kept out of evidence at trial.