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California woman accused of DUI after guardrail impales car

There are a variety of ways in which a person might react to a near-death experience. Showing shock and confusion are likely common reactions if a person's life has been recently threatened. For many, the behavior they display in the aftermath of an accident could have some similarities to those who are under the influence of alcohol, making it difficult for officials to determine the cause of a person's behavior. One California woman whose car was impaled by a guardrail has recently been arrested for DUI.

The accident happened one morning on a day in early November. Police claim that a 21-year-old woman was driving on a connector ramp between an interstate and state route. She is said to have lost control of her vehicle which then slammed into a guardrail.

Reports indicate that approximately 20 feet of guardrail went through her vehicle, exiting out the back window. Fortunately, the woman walked away with only minor injuries. She has since been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. It is unclear what led officers to suspect that she had been drinking or what her blood alcohol content was at the time, if obtained, and how it was determined.

As in all criminal cases, those facing DUI charges are presumed innocent until proved otherwise. In order to obtain a conviction, California prosecutors must provide evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt -- a standard purposefully set high in order to avoid wrongful convictions. Many have found that having an experienced attorney to represent them helps ease some of the stresses created by the criminal process.

Source:, "Police identify driver in vicious guardrail crash", Nov. 5, 2015

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