Thankfully, most DUI drivers are caught by police before they can get into a wreck. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a high number of accidents, especially those where DUI is involved. When this happens, California courts tend to take the case much more seriously. When injuries are involved, what would normally be a misdemeanor DUI charge can quickly escalate to a felony. A felony charge carries with it a prison sentence, probation or parole, and all of the fines and fees. It can also cause a person to lose their license for up to one year. They may also be required to pay compensation to those who were injured.
The Legal Advocate reports that a woman may be facing DUI charges in a Porterville accident. On the evening of January 10th, 27-year-old Rebecca Inman was behind the wheel of a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica on Gibbons Avenue at about 11 p.m. She failed to stop at a stop sign at Main Street.
The Pacifica slammed into a 2016 Mercedes-Benz that was carrying two women, who were aged 47 and 69. Both of the women became pinned inside the vehicle and had to be extricated. The women were both transported to an area hospital, but the 69-year-old woman was taken to another hospital for the treatment of major injuries.
Inman, who also had a passenger, is in stable condition, as is her passenger. An investigation is underway to determine if Inman was intoxicated at the time of the accident. If she is revealed to have been intoxicated, Inman may be charged.