Anyone who walks away from a wrong-way crash on an interstate highway is fortunate to escape intact. We read recently of a woman east of Memphis who was arrested on suspicion of DUI after law enforcement officials said she caused a wrong-way wreck on Interstate 40.
Nashville police said the woman drove her vehicle the wrong way on the highway and hit a tractor-trailer. Neither driver suffered serious injuries, a newspaper account stated.
Officers said they detected the odor of alcohol on the 24-year-old woman. She reportedly failed roadside sobriety tests, was checked out at an area hospital and then booked into jail on the DUI charge.
The truck driver suffered injuries described as minor, the news report stated.
According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, anyone who causes serious injury to another person while driving drunk can be charged with vehicular assault. If convicted of the Class D felony, that person’s driver’s license can be revoked for between one and five years, depending on the number and severity of any past offenses. It should be noted that people convicted of vehicular assault cannot receive restricted licenses.
The person can also be sentenced to serve between two and 12 years behind bars.
A person can be charged with the Class A felony of aggravated vehicular assault while driving intoxicated if they have two or more previous DUI convictions or if they have a prior vehicular assault conviction or a vehicular homicide conviction. They can also be charged with the Class A felony if their blood alcohol content (BAC) was .20 percent or higher during a single prior DUI or vehicular assault violation.
Contact a Memphis attorney experienced in DUI defense if you face drunk driving charges.