Many people seem to forget that DUI stands for “driving under the influence”, not “driving a car under the influence”. This leads to many people believing that it is perfectly fine to drive dirt bikes or even golf carts after having consumed a substance that can impair their ability to drive. However, it turns out that you can receive a DUI for operating any form of vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Mark Weingart is blogging today from his Tempe office to talk more about this by sharing a recent story about a tragic accident that occurred due to driving a golf cart while under the influence of alcohol.
Just the other day, on the 26th of October, a 54-year-old woman by the name of Gina Hawes was arrested without bond and accused of manslaughter and extreme DUI. At about 2 p.m., Hawes had been operating a golf cart while her 75-year-old mother, named Gloria Miller, was riding in the passenger seat. After making a sharp turn, Miller was ejected from the golf cart, sustaining serious injuries as a result of the accident. Miller was then taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead.
When questioned, authorities mentioned that Hawes showed signs of impairment, and open cans of beer were found strewn about the golf cart. When examined, Hawes showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.19, which is more than twice the legal limit here in Arizona. While the exact cause of Miller’s death has yet to be determined, police are currently holding Hawes on suspicion of DUI and manslaughter. As of now, the investigation is ongoing.
With a blood-alcohol level of over 0.15, Hawes has been charged with what is referred to as extreme DUI, though she was just under the required 0.20 of a super extreme DUI. This comes with many consequences beyond that of a standard DUI. For instance, being charged with an extreme DUI comes with a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 days in jail. Not only that, but receiving an extreme DUI will also come with heavy fines, impoundment of your vehicle for 30 days, and the installation of an ignition interlock device on your car, which comes with GPS monitoring on your vehicle. And, should you be arrested again for extreme DUI within seven years of your previous conviction, you will face even harsher penalties.
Have you recently been charged with a DUI because you have operated a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Do not be afraid; your life is far from over. You may just need some help to get you through this trying time. If you would like to learn more about our DUI services here at the Weingart Firm, we encourage you to contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Mark Weingart today. We have the experience and knowledge required to make sure that you make it through your DUI arrest.