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Drunk woman crashes her car into police officer in Orange, CA

Published On: 03-20-2017 in Category: alcohol, Drunk driving, DUI

Drunk driving is a serious issue in the United States, killing millions of people across the country. Sadly, people who drink and drive fail to understand that they are not only putting their own life at risk, but also endangering the lives of others on the road. However, one cannot evade the legal repercussions of driving under the influence or DUI, which could amount to a fine or even a jail term. In fact, there is zero tolerance across all U.S. states when it comes to crimes involving illegal substances.

In December 2016, a woman was arrested on the suspicion of drunken driving, at 40 mph in a 25 mph zone, and crashing into the car of a police officer from the city of Orange. Ashley Victoria Bertolino, 27, of Tustin, was accused of driving with a blood alcohol (BAC) level of more than 0.13 percent, when she lost control of the car and hit Officer Doe, who was reportedly standing behind his parked patrol vehicle in the 500 block of North Cambridge Street, Tustin.

Officer Doe was helped by some of his colleagues, who helped him get out from below Bertolino’s car, and later, transported him to a nearby hospital to be treated for serious injuries. Bertolino was detained at the accident scene and later, arrested, following a medical checkup at the local hospital. If convicted, she could face a maximum prison time of six years.

Drunken driving incidents rampant in Orange County

Accidents due to alcohol-impaired driving are rampant across all the American states. Even Orange County has witnessed a significant rise in the number of DUI-related car crashes in the recent past. As a part of the ongoing countywide efforts to curb the menace of drunk driving, last year, officers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Enforcement Team announced DUI checkpoints in areas known for high frequencies of DUI collisions. As part of the drive, officials present at the checkpoint stopped and arrested drivers with alcohol or drug impairment. Also, whenever feasible, specially trained police officers were assigned to evaluate those charged with driving under the influence.

Apparently, individuals convicted of driving under the influence in Orange County are required to pay hefty fines, apart from facing other penalties, including suspension of licenses, probation, mandatory rehab programs, increased car insurance costs, compulsory installation of ignition interlock systems, as well as a jail term.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013, one in three crash deaths in the US involved drunk driving. Studies have shown that a combination of alcohol and drugs in a person’s system is the main cause of road accidents and car crashes in the country.

Apparently, a significant percentage of motorists who had been prosecuted on earlier occasions for driving under the influence of alcohol, often repeat their offenses. The number of repeat offenses clearly indicates that these individuals are not receiving the right kind of counseling and treatment for their drinking problems.

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