In Tennessee and the rest of the U.S., drunk driving is a dangerous occurrence. It could possibly happen anywhere and at any time. When a person is caught driving under the influence, the consequences may be severe, including fines, loss of driving privileges and in some cases incarceration.
A 23-year-old Florida woman recently broadcast a live video of herself while driving drunk. While videoing her wild ride around town, she announced to the world she was drunk several times and that she had a flat tire. She was using the social media app Periscope to accomplish this. Messages were sent to her by viewers telling her to stop driving because she could kill someone, including herself. 911 calls were also made, and one viewer was able to report the make of her car.
Local police officers found out what Periscope is, and they used the landmarks in the video to locate her. She was seen hitting a curb with her tire and was pulled over. The police smelled alcohol on her when they approached the car. She was taken to jail after she refused a breath test after failing standard filed sobriety tests.
Tennessee courts take driving under the influence charges very seriously, in large part because of the harm that such behavior can cause to others who are sharing the road with an alleged impaired motorist. A person who is facing these types of charges may want to meet with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Potential defense strategies could include a challenge to the reliability of the roadside sobriety tests that may have been given.
Source: USA Today, "Woman live-streams herself while 'drunk' driving", Garin Flowers, Oct. 13, 2015