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Teacher accused of drunk driving following argument with friend

Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is never advisable and can lead to criminal charges. However, in some cases, one may face drunk driving charges solely based on the words of another party, without being found behind the wheel of a vehicle. An elementary school teacher is facing DWI charges under similar circumstances in North Carolina after a friend allegedly asked her to pull over for her own safety.

According to reports, the incident took place at around 2 a.m. on a recent Monday as authorities spotted a woman standing outside a vehicle in a local parking lot. Officers proceeded to pull over and speak with the woman, who allegedly claimed that she had asked her friend to stop her vehicle. She advised officers that her friend was under the influence of alcohol, and that she was attempting to call a sober driver when the two became engaged in a verbal disagreement.

Upon approaching the other woman, authorities claim that she was exhibiting multiple signs of intoxication. They also assert that a breath test indicated her blood alcohol content to be nearly three times the legal limit to operate a vehicle. She was taken into custody soon thereafter and is currently facing charges for driving while intoxicated.

Drunk driving charges are serious in nature, and a conviction could have a substantial impact on a person's life. Those who face similar circumstances could find it beneficial to speak with an attorney for guidance in the early stages of the process. An attorney can thoroughly evaluate the charges and evidence against a client in North Carolina and provide advice on the best course of action to take during subsequent court proceedings.

Source: shelbystar.com, "Elementary teacher charged with DWI", Joyce Orlando, Jan. 4, 2018

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