A former St. Paul woman is facing three years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 after pleading guilty to criminal vehicular operation.
According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the woman was out with friends celebrating her 22nd birthday in April 2011 when she grabbed the steering wheel of the car in which she was a passenger and caused it to strike a median in Interstate 94.
The driver of the vehicle suffered two broken ribs in the accident.
The woman, who is now 24, has since moved to South Carolina. She will be sentenced on Nov. 27.
This story seemed worth discussing because it is an incident in which someone other than the driver faced severe legal consequences for an alcohol-related crash. We often hear news stories about DWI, but it is not as often you hear stories like this.
That, of course, is not stay incidents like this are uncommon. Many people are surprised at the severity of punishment the law provides for a wide variety of offenses related to intoxication and driving. It is far easier to make a mistake (and face a very harsh penalty as a result) than a lot of drivers understand. Unfortunately, many people come to realize this only after getting into hot water themselves.
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