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Woman charged with DUI after Atlanta collision with police car

No one gets into a car thinking of anything else other than getting where they are going, and no one starts a car journey thinking it may end in disaster. When people drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, though, they are asking for that sort of trouble.

Driving under the influence (DUI) is illegal in Georgia with very few exceptions, such as a medical emergency requiring transport or a driver unaware of his or her intoxication. Although the offense is generally rare, it is often detected because a drunk driver got in trouble by striking another vehicle or person.

A vehicle operated by a trooper with the Georgia State Patrol was struck while stationary on Atlanta's Downtown Connector recently. The officer was helping control passing traffic while a road cleaning crew was working. The accident occurred well before dawn, although the trooper had emergency lights running in his car.

The driver who struck the cruiser then hit a barrier wall on the far side of the highway. The 25-year-old woman was charged on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after she was transported to a local hospital along with her three passengers. The officer's injuries may also lead to other charges related to the accident.

Drunk driving convictions can cause serious problems in people's personal and professional lives. It is often advisable to fight these charges if a driver believes he or she was in the right. An attorney can help counsel people charged with driving under the influence and related charges on the best way to defend oneself in court or negotiations with prosecutors.

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