On Tuesday in Cottonwood, Arizona, a woman suspected of driving under the influence of impairing substances while causing a separate single-vehicle auto accident twice in one day.
24-year-old Robyn Wheeler was arrested on suspicion of aggravated DUI, and she will now be facing DUI and child abuse charges, pending toxicology results.
A male witness told police that at around 2:30 p.m., Wheeler had been traveling in a silver Infinity SUV at about 10 mph, when the vehicle suddenly accelerated and went over the pavement, striking a circular barrier that protected a pole. The mother was apparently unconscious, but the witness was able to help her son out of the car.
The officer who responded to this crash recognized Wheeler from earlier in the day after a minor single-vehicle collision, where he advised her that she should not drive on her medication anymore.
Upon interrogation after the second crash, Wheeler told the officer that she had been trying to open up a soda can for her son when she blacked out from the medication, causing her to lose control of the vehicle and crash.
Wheeler refused medical treatment on the scene, but agreed to do field sobriety tests. She was then arrested and her child was turned over to his father.
As an Arizona auto accident lawyer, you see how dangerous it is for individuals to drive while intoxicated.
The child abuse charges mentioned are being alleged because of the mother's choice to endanger her son by bringing him along, when she was obviously in no state to drive anywhere.
Our Arizona auto accident law firm will keep you informed of any news that relates to this case.