Most people who get arrested and charged with a DUI don't consider themselves very lucky, but in a recent Florida case, a DUI arrest saved a woman's life. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a trooper pulled over to check on a car that was off the side of the road when he found an unconscious woman inside.
The woman was in her car, off the shoulder of the interstate in Naples, when the trooper came to the rescue. The trooper pleaded with the woman to wake up and unlock her doors, but when she didn't respond, he broke the car window to find out she didn't have a pulse and wasn't breathing. He then proceeded to administer CPR.
In the process of administering chest compressions, the trooper discovered that the woman was breathing again. "She's breathing again. Yeah, I can hear her heartbeat," he said.
The 32-year-old driver was rushed to the hospital for treatment. After she was released, authorities arrested her on charges of DUI and driving with a suspended licenses. Authorities also administered a Breathalyzer test which allegedly revealed that the woman had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .039. Additional drug tests results are currently pending.
As per the Breathalyzer test results, the woman in this case was not over the legal limit to drive in terms of alcohol. Time will tell what her pending drug test results reveal; however, she may be able to defend herself against these charges in court. It could be, for example, that a driver found unconscious in a vehicle could be suffering from a medical problem that doesn't have anything to do with alcohol consumption or being intoxicated.
Source: abc13.com, "WATCH: Trooper saves driver's life, arrests her for DUI," Dec. 14, 2017