Officers of the California Highway Patrol, stationed in Santa Cruz, California, arrested a woman who crashed her vehicle in a DUI accident. Maia Cahill, 51, of Watsonville, was taken into custody on Monday, March 16th.
The preliminary accident report showed that the woman lost control of her car, a 1998 Ford while driving north on Trabing Road. The accident occurred precisely on the right shoulder of the northbound Highway 1.
The crash was reported shortly after noon, and when emergency services arrived at the scene, they found a female passenger in Cahill’s vehicle lying on the road. The woman was ejected from the car during the crash and sustained severe injuries.
The passenger was taken to the hospital by the medics, and her condition is unknown at the time of this report. A field breathalyzer test found that Cahill was under the influence of alcohol, hence her arrest.
The CHP is charging her with suspicion of driving under the influence, causing bodily harm. The state of California frowns against drivers going behind the wheel when inebriated with either drugs or alcohol.
When a person faces a DUI trial, the court will consider whether he or she drove a vehicle under the influence, and committed an illegal act or neglected to perform a legal duty. The court will also look at whether the non-performance of that duty resulted in serious bodily harm to another.
When a person is found guilty of all of the above, he or she depending on whether it’s a misdemeanor or felony charge, will face jail time, fines, and suspension of driving privileges.