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Alaska woman involved in drunk driving accident

An Alaska woman has allegedly been involved in a drunk driving accident in which she also left the scene. The woman is an employee of the state's Senate majority as a spokesperson. The alleged drunk driving accident happened as she was leaving a legislative office's parking garage.

Witnesses in the garage claim the woman was backing up her car and hit one woman, knocking her down. They said she then hit another woman on her leg. Witnesses tried to alert her as to what had happened and tried to stop her as she was driving away, but the woman was reported to have said she could not stop. Both of the female victims sustained minor injuries and were treated and released.

Police found the woman a few minutes later in the process of picking up her child at a strip mall. After having her blood alcohol level tested, it was found to be over twice the legal limit of .08 percent. Records show she had a previous alcohol-related arrest several years ago. Until the police conclude their investigation, she will be on administrative leave. 

If convicted of the charges against her, she will face several consequences. In Alaska, the penalties for a driving under the influence conviction are jail time, license suspension and fines -- the length and amount of each depending on the number of prior offenses. The woman's defense approach will need to be strong enough so that she will not have to experience the maximum punishment if convicted for this alleged drunk driving accident.

Source: New York Daily News, "Press secretary for Alaska Senate majority charged with DUI, felony hit-and-run", Deborah Hastings, June 5, 2015

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