Some people can see harmful behavior in even the most innocuous actions. For example, something as simple as parking in a parking lot could potentially result in a call to police. Unfortunately, a teenager in Minnesota who initially attracted attention after she allegedly parked in a church parking lot was arrested twice for DWI in an eight-hour period.
Police say that they originally responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle at approximately 9:45 p.m. on a day in mid-October. When they arrived at the scene, they claim to have discovered an 18-year-old female in the vehicle. Officers believe that the teenager exhibited signs of being under the influence and claimed to have discovered prescription drugs in her vehicle.
The woman was arrested for suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Because it was her first offense, she was released after being taken to jail. However, police say she was arrested a second time after they responded to a report of an accident involving a car and a mailbox several hours later. It was allegedly the same woman; police believe that she may have “ingested another substance” in the intervening hours.
Many details regarding the woman’s arrest are unclear, including what behaviors led Minnesota police to believe the teenager was under the influence. Because there is a presumption of innocence, law enforcement officials in Missouri must be able to prove that she is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in order for her to be convicted of DWI or other criminal charges that may stem from the incident. The potential consequences of a conviction could be life-changing, potentially prompting the young woman to seek guidance from a professional with experience with such cases who can advise her throughout the process.