Texas DUI Defense Attorney Discusses an Unusual and Serious Reason for One Woman’s DUI Arrest

While many DUI arrests involve people who have consumed alcohol, people who have not consumed alcohol are sometimes arrested because they are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. Sometimes, the person was simply driving in an irregular manner. At other times, a medication may have caused the person’s driving or behavior to appear impaired. Illnesses and medical conditions are a third category of things that can cause a person to appear as though they are driving under the influence of alcohol.

One woman was recently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after she hit a curb and drove her car into a fire hydrant. Julie Cunningham, who has no recollection of the accident, believes that she lost consciousness while she was driving. She was not driving while fatigued, she had not consumed any alcohol, and she was not on any medications, so none of those things had caused her to lose consciousness. A brain tumor had caused her to lose consciousness, and she was unaware of its existence until after the accident, when she went to the hospital searching for answers.

When Cunningham was arrested, she was given a Breathalyzer exam. The test results indicated that she had no alcohol in her system. A sample was sent for further testing at a toxicology lab, and she spent the night in jail. When her brother picked her up from the jail the day after the accident, he and his wife immediately suspected that something was wrong. Julie could barely move, her speech was slurred, and she could not remember much about the events of the previous day, including spending time in jail.

Julie’s family brought her to the hospital so that she could get checked out, and doctors discovered that she had a brain tumor that was the size of a lemon. She had surgery to remove the tumor, and she is now recovering in the company of family and friends.

Julie Cunningham’s story is a reminder that not every driver who is arrested for DUI was driving under the influence of alcohol. If you were arrested for DUI and you believe that there was some other reason why the law enforcement officers who arrested you may have believed that you were impaired, it is important that you speak with an attorney right away, so that your rights can be protected. A Texas DUI Defense Attorney can help you understand what your rights are, and they can prepare a strong defense case on your behalf. A DUI conviction could result in many negative consequences, and it is in your best interest to get help in defending against DUI charges as soon as possible. Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, has been serving DUI defense clients in the Dallas area for over thirty years. Call Attorney Pettit today at 214-521-4567, to learn more about how he may be able to help you.


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