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Erratic driving led to traffic stop for potential drunk driving

Louisiana law enforcement officers tend to take notice when a vehicle fails to stay in its lane or is otherwise moving erratically. This is often enough reasonable suspicion to initiate a traffic stop. In cases where a vehicle is moving erratically, an officer may suspect the person behind the wheel of drunk driving.

For instance, a Louisiana State Police trooper reportedly witnessed a vehicle make erratic movements as it swerved in and out of lanes, including into the opposing lane of travel. After initiating a traffic stop, the trooper allegedly witnessed the driver moving in a manner that indicated impairment. The trooper administered a field sobriety test, which he claimed the woman failed.

The woman supposedly made self-incriminating statements to the trooper. Drug paraphernalia and an alcoholic beverage were also said to be found in the backseat, along with a 13-year-old girl. The trooper took the woman into custody.

Her breath test results indicated a blood alcohol content of .05. She declined to submit to a urine test at the jail. She now faces numerous charges in connection with the incident.

Even with such seemingly incriminating evidence, the woman retains the right to be presumed innocent until and unless proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. Like others facing drunk driving and other charges, she may also challenge all of the evidence that prosecutors intend to present to the court. It would be beneficial to take advantage of yet another right and enlist the aid of criminal defense counsel right away.

Source:, "West Monroe woman arrested for DUI with 13-year-old passenger", Sharon Cummings, June 14, 2017

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