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Wreck in Oklahoma caused by wrong-way driver

A 25-year-old woman was reportedly under the influence of alcohol when she drove the wrong way on Interstate 244 in Tulsa on June 24. She was driving west in the eastbound lane of the highway when her Honda collided head on with a Ford SUV around 11 p.m. Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said the woman told them she had taken Xanax with rum that day.

According to reports, deputies with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop the woman while she was driving on the Broken Arrow Expressway, but they were unable to do so before her vehicle entered I-244. The woman driving the Ford and her two young passengers were hospitalized with unspecified injuries. OHP reported that all three were expected to be fine. The Honda driver was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and arrested there.

The woman in the Honda was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and causing a collision while DUI in addition to driving the wrong way and evading police. According to jail records accessed by the news source, the woman's bond was set at $1,600, and a court appearance was scheduled for June 24.

A driver facing drunk driving charges could be sentenced to time in jail, a fine as well as a license suspension. On top of facing increased maximums for those previously mentioned penalties, those who have a history of DUI may be required to submit to alcohol monitoring or have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles. Consulting with a DUI defense attorney could allow alleged drunk drivers to avoid some of those penalties via a plea bargain. In some instances, lawyers uncover evidence from police reports and witness statements that leads to the charges against their clients being dropped completely.

Source: News On 6, "OHP: Intoxicated, Wrong Way Driver Causes West Tulsa Crash", Russell Hulstine, June 24, 2014

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