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Tree stuck on car leads to DUI arrest

Police in Roselle, Illinois, caught and arrested a drunk driver after another motorist called authorities and stated that the car was in operation with a 15-foot tree stuck on the front. Police located the driver and found that the airbags had been deployed, likely due to the collision with the tree. Police noticed that the driver smelled of alcohol and questioned her about the tree. She admitted that she had hit the tree in a nearby neighborhood but couldn't remember exactly where.

The driver was given a field sobriety test and was arrested after she failed the test. She was booked into the local jail and charged with a DUI. The photo of the car and tree has gone viral on social media.

Every state has laws that make driving with a blood alcohol content level above a certain limit illegal. Police investigate a suspected drunk driver by administering field sobriety tests that involve asking the suspect to perform certain tasks such as walking in a straight line so the officer can compare the suspect's performance against standard criteria for determining whether or not that person is under the influence. Police can also ask a suspect to blow into a portable breathalyzer or submit to a blood test to test the person's BAC level. In many states, a refusal to submit to such a test produces severe sanctions.

A person who has been charged with driving under the influence may want to meet with an attorney as soon as possible. There may be a way to challenge the case, such as if the field sobriety test was administered incorrectly.

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