For most people who are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in the East Bay, the penalties are enough to keep them from ever drinking and driving again. The penalties have a serious deterrent effect, with all the fines, fees, DUI school, ignition interlock device requirement, and suspended license. However, some people don't get the chance to feel the deterrent effects of a first-DUI, if they get their second DUI in the same day.
Kathleen Weirsky was involved in a two-car collision in Lopatcong Township, Pennsylvania. When police arrived, she said that the car she hit had stopped suddenly, and she could not avoid the collision. However, the other car was parked on the side of the road, and unoccupied. Police officers noticed she had slurred speech, and appeared to be intoxicated. She was arrested on suspicion of a DUI and leaving the scene of an accident, and released to go home with a family member.
Hours later, the police received a call that citizens were struggling with a woman to get her out of her vehicle which was driving across a lawn. When officers arrived, they found the same Kathleen Weirsky behind the wheel. She may not have given herself enough time to sober up, and was again arrested for driving under the influence, in addition to charges of reckless driving and failure to stay in her lane.
A woman in North Dakota experienced a similar double run-in with the law. A few days ago, Dickinson Police officers arrested a 24-year-old woman for a DUI shortly before midnight. She was released on bond, but only a couple hours later, she was pulled over a second time, showing signs of intoxication, and arrested for her second DUI of the night.
Marvin Luna-Lovo also couldn't wait to get back behind the wheel after a DUI. The Aspen, Colorado man was pulled over by police and admitted to smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI, and released to the custody of a friend. Less than an hour later, police officers pulled over a vehicle for speeding, and again found Luna-Lovo driving while apparently impaired. He was arrested for his second DUI of the night, in addition to driving without a valid license.
When a Shawano County, Wisconsin sheriff's officer saw a vehicle drifting onto the sidewalk around midnight, he pulled over the driver. The driver appeared to be intoxicated, and failed the standardized field sobriety tests. The sheriff's officer arrested the driver for operating while intoxicated, and driving without a valid license. Later on, another officer responded to a report of reckless driving. The driver was the same man arrested hours earlier, and he was charged with his second DUI and driving without a license. His blood alcohol concentration on the second DUI was reportedly 0.29%, more than three times the legal limit.
Before you are convicted of your first DUI, make sure your arrest does not end in a conviction. With more than 30 years of experience defending people facing a DUI in the East Bay, Lynn Gorelick understands the local laws and penalties involved. I Contact a local East Bay DUI defense attorney who understands the DUI charges you are facing, and is familiar with the local laws, prosecutors and the courts.