If a driver sees another car swerving in and out of its lane it is common to suppose that the driver is either distracted or may possibly be drunk. It is never a good idea to drink and drive in Tennessee. However, there are other factors that may cause vehicles to swerve, such as temporary distractions or medical conditions.
A Nashville woman has been charged with vehicular assault. She has been accused of driving under the influence while her 6-year-old was a passenger in her car. The driver was on a local road when, according to police, her car swerved and struck a vehicle in the opposite lane.
The vehicle that was hit did not remain at the scene. Three people, including the driver's daughter, were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with serious injuries. According to the police report, the driver was taken into custody and charged with driving on a suspended license, driving under the influence and vehicular assault. The woman is being held at Davidson County Jail in lieu of a $53,500 bond.
Facing charges of driving under the influence can be frightening and made even more so when one's child is injured in an accident. Anyone facing charges in Tennessee is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in criminal court. The burden of proof falls on the prosecution and must be borne out by the evidence presented in court. A criminal defense attorney can help ensure that one's rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process and make sure that one is aware of the legal options that are available.