Local news anchor charged with DUI and assault

A news anchor with KCOY-TV is currently facing DUI charges in California. Police said they got a call at about 8 p.m. regarding a car that was headed south in the northbound lanes of Highway 101. Authorities said they were able to locate the vehicle, a silver-colored Toyota Prius and determined that she had committed a DUI offense.

Police also reported that the 49-year-old had been operating the vehicle at the parking lot of a golf course. The woman's vehicle may have additionally struck a pedestrian, though no further details concerning that allegation were reported. When the woman was arrested on charges of DUI, she is said to have assaulted police officers -- thus, she is also facing assault charges. 

The woman had previously spoken about her battle with alcoholism. She had said she was receiving medical treatment following an arrest for public intoxication back in July 2013. Apparently, she had also disappeared one day earlier in 2013 as a result her alcohol use.

A person who is charged with and convicted of DUI may end up being sentenced to time behind bars, depending on the facts of the criminal case. Before an individual can be convicted of driving under the influence, however, the prosecution has to prove the formal charges beyond a reasonable doubt. In some cases, the defendant may seek to plea bargain with prosecutors, if given the opportunity to do so, in exchange for favorable sentencing considerations. Anybody facing DUI charges is entitled to the same legal protections guaranteed to those charged with criminal conduct in California.

Source: breitbart.com, "Popular News Anchor Faces DUI, Assault Charges", Michelle Moons, Sept. 9, 2015

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