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Woman charged with DUI after hitting gas meter

A 62-year-old California woman was accused of driving drunk after crashing into a house on July 31. The one-car crash took place in Pacifica just before 2:50 a.m. Police officers responded to the scene of the accident near Gordon Way and Beaumont Boulevard and extricated the driver from her vehicle.

According to police, the woman's car exited the roadway and traveled down a hill before crashing into a gas meter on the side of a home. After the woman was freed from her car, she was transported to the hospital to be examined. Medical personnel found that the woman did not have any serious injuries. Officers feared that there was a risk of fire at the accident scene, and North County Fire Authority firefighters were sent to the house along with crews from PG&E.

Police say that an investigation revealed that the woman was intoxicated by alcohol when the accident occurred. Following her release from the hospital, the woman was charged for driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol level above .08 percent. There were no reports about what type of testing was done to determine whether the woman was intoxicated.

Police officers will sometimes test a driver for intoxication after a one-car accident. While some methods are more accurate than others, no DUI test is 100 percent accurate all of the time. A criminal defense attorney can look for flaws in the DUI test that was used in a particular case. For example, defense counsel could argue that the Breathalyzer was improperly calibrated.

Source: Millbrae Patch, "Peninsula Woman Crashes Down Hill, Into Gas Meter; DUI Suspected: Police ", Aug. 1, 2016

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