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Woman facing OWI charges after accident

Police officers in Iowa and elsewhere around the country often investigate a situation after observing or hearing reports of potentially dangerous activity. In many stances, the police may be ensuring the safety of those involved in an accident. However, in some cases, officers may meet with resistance and discover alleged illegal activities. A woman is facing OWI charges after apparently failing to respond to police commands following a recent car crash.

According to police reports, a 35-year-old Waterloo woman was driving north on a state highway late one evening. Witnesses say that she seemed to lose control of her car as it slid from the center lane to the left lane. The woman apparently overcorrected and hit the guardrail on the right side of the highway. After the impact, the car apparently went back across three lanes of traffic before hitting the center guardrail.

When police officers arrived at the scene, they tried to talk with the woman. Reports show that she would not exit her car, despite being commanded to do so by police multiple times. She was purportedly taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital when she finally left the car for treatment of minor injuries. The police asked for toxicology tests, and the woman evidently refused them. She was arrested for first-offense operating while intoxicated and interference with official acts and was later released from the Black Hawk County Jail.

OWI charges should not be taken lightly. If convicted, someone could be required to pay heavy fines or face significant time in jail. Anyone facing these charges has the right to present a rigorous defense. An Iowa criminal defense attorney can help to ensure that a client's rights are protected. An experienced lawyer will work toward a favorable resolution in a case where the negative impact on someone's life is minimized.

Source:, "Woman arrested in OWI crash on Hwy. 218", Amie Steffeneicher, Sept. 1, 2017

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