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Two DUI crashes result in jail time for lawyer

A 47-year-old woman from Whitpain, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced by a judge for two crashes she was involved in. Allegedly, the woman had consumed alcohol before the crashes that occurred in 2009 and 2010, causing both to be considered drunk driving accidents. The woman, a criminal defense lawyer, pleaded guilty to two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with the two crashes.

The first crash occurred on May 21, 2009, at around 10 a.m. According to authorities, the woman was traveling east on Township Line Road in East Norriton, Pennsylvania. She then took a wide right turn onto Whitehall Road that caused her to collide with the front end of a vehicle in the northbound lane that was stopped at a red signal. She reported that she was taking medication for depression that caused her to feel drowsy. But police administered a blood test that found she had a blood alcohol content of 0.27, more than three times the legal limit.

More than a year later, the woman was involved in a second DUI crash. That accident occurred on Nov. 29, 2010, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, in the 1700 block of Markley Street when her black Lexus collided with a SEPTA bus. Seven passengers on the bus were injured, and the woman was injured so severely that she was flown by helicopter to a hospital. Authorities said that they discovered a vodka bottle with its seal broken in the vehicle, along with a prescription pill bottle.

The woman, who says she is now taking responsibility for her actions by seeking alcohol counseling, has been sentenced to spend six days to 12 months in the Montgomery County jail. The sentence included two mandatory three-day terms in jail that must be served consecutively. According to the woman, she was in a dark part of her life, choosing to deal with the emotional pain caused by the November 2008 suicide of her husband in an improper manner. And while that is tragic, it does not excuse drunk driving.

Source: Times Herald, "Whitpain lawyer sentenced to jail in two DUI crash cases," Carl Hessler, Jr., Sept. 10, 2012

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