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Woman charged with drunk driving after video-taping her drive

One woman in Florida faces drunk driving charges after she reportedly posted online her drunken drive through town. Several people said they watched her slur her speech in a Periscope account video. The woman facing drunk driving charges is 23.

Police said that, in the video, the woman was narrating her commute through the city and was saying that she was driving home while intoxicated. Authorities said she had actually recorded multiple videos showing herself drinking and driving. After people saw the most recent video, two of them contacted 911 but could not offer much detail about the woman's vehicle or location, even though she did occasionally shout out the names of streets.

Police noticed landmarks in the video and were able to track the woman down and pull her over. Authorities said she smelled like alcohol and looked disoriented. She also allegedly failed a sobriety test, and after she refused to take a Breathalyzer test, she was taken into custody for DUI charges.

The accused woman is entitled to go to trial on the merits of the accusations, though the video may well be offered as evidence of her driving while intoxicated. She may also have the chance to negotiate a plea agreement as her drunk driving case moves forward through the Florida criminal justice system. A plea deal, if available, may be negotiated in exchange for lesser charges or favorable sentencing considerations. However, there is no requirement that a defendant accept a plea offer. A thorough review, alongside her legal counsel, of the evidence that the prosecution intends to present in court may help in determining what defense approach is in the personal best interests of the woman.

Source: wthr.com, "Florida woman Periscopes drunk driving spree, gets arrested", Oct. 12, 2015

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