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Oklahoma woman charged with DUI in postal truck crash

A 47-year-old female postal carrier reportedly drove her postal truck into a ditch during the afternoon hours of July 12 at the 1300 block of David Drive in Harrah. When police reached the driver, it was reported that she seemed dazed, was slurring her speech and had trouble walking. That prompted police to ask the driver to take a field sobriety test.

The driver complied with the request and told officers that she had taken prescription pain pills prior to getting behind the wheel of the postal truck. She was then taken to Oklahoma County Jail and charged with a drug DUI, and authorities say that she was not hurt in the accident. The woman was held on a $1,000 bail and was later released from custody on July 13.

A driver can be charged with a DUI even if he or she was not under the influence at the time of a car accident or a traffic stop. To be charged with driving under the influence, a driver merely needs to show signs of being impaired while driving. This may be true even if the level of THC or alcohol in the drivers bloodstream is below the limit for being legally impaired.

Drivers who are charged with a DUI for any reason may face jail time, a license suspension and a fine. In addition to criminal penalties, it may be possible for a driver who gets a DUI while in a employer's vehicle to lose his or her job. Talking to a DUI defense lawyer may be helpful when attempting to dispute a drunk driving charge in court.

Source: KOKH, "Sheriff: Mail carrier arrested for DUI after crashing USPS truck into ditch", Jay Dillon, July 14, 2014

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