Police in Virginia claim that a woman took a recent shopping trip to Target a little too far. Shortly after leaving the store she was stopped and arrested for drunk driving. Additional charges for obstruction of justice, battery against a law enforcement officer and more were eventually filed.
The 30-year-old woman visited a Target store on March 1, where she apparently drank an entire box of wine while shopping. After checking out, she returned to her vehicle and drove away. A police officer noticed the woman flicking cigarette ashes out of her vehicle window and initiated a traffic stop, although it is not clear if this is the only reason behind the stop.
Upon approaching the woman’s vehicle, the officer says he immediately detected the scent of alcohol. He spotted both an empty and full box of wine in the woman’s car. The driver supposedly had bloodshot eyes and was slurring her speech, and supposedly admitted that she had consumed wine while shopping. She was arrested following a field sobriety test.
After obtaining a search warrant for a blood draw, the officer transported the woman to a hospital. Once there she supposedly became belligerent and unwilling to cooperate. Police say she kicked at least two different law enforcement officers during the process.
In addition to being arrested for drunk driving, the Virginia woman is facing several other serious charges that can complicate her situation. Drunk driving charges tend to move much quicker than other criminal charges, which can make some defendants feel as if they are unable to properly focus on the various charges. For some people, working with an experienced attorney can help address this feeling of inadequacy while working to minimize criminal consequences through thorough defense planning.