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Drunk drivers realize they’re not in total control of their vehicles; however, some people still make the mistake of driving while intoxicated. It’s a tragic offense since that simple error could result in a crash as it did for a 31-year-old Bluff City, Tennessee, resident recently. The woman is facing DUI charges after her vehicle veered off the road and into a telephone pole and a tree.

According to a police report, a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper had to pursue the vehicle for quite a distance. The police officer alleges that the accused was driving erratically. The vehicle supposedly veered onto the shoulder of the road and oncoming traffic, through medians, ditches, red lights and a fast food restaurant parking lot.

The chase came to an end when the woman lost control of the vehicle and ran into a couple mailboxes and a telephone pole. The vehicle finally came to a standstill in a yard by a tree. The trooper searched the woman and her vehicle, allegedly finding alcohol on her person and in the vehicle. She was also driving on a suspended license. She was charged with DUI, violating the open container law in Tennessee, driving on a suspended license, speeding, felony evading, failure to exercise due care and others. 

Facing a DUI charge has potential life-changing consequences should the accused be found guilty. A conviction may mean jail time, sizable fines and losing a driver’s license, and could affect a person’s place in society and relationships with family members. Since these outcomes and others are possible, those accused would do well to obtain the advice of a Tennessee lawyer to help fight the charges aggressively.