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Driver and passenger both charged with drunk driving

Most Connecticut motorists may agree that the only way to be truly comfortable and confident behind the wheel of any vehicle is to have experience in the driver’s seat. It can take years for drivers to settle in and hone their skills. That’s part of the reason why so many young and/or inexperienced motorists are known for making innocent mistakes. And, unfortunately, that naivety on the part of rookie drivers also leaves them vulnerable to overzealous law enforcement in some cases. Two sisters may have learned the hard way that inconsistent behavior can lead to drunk driving charges.

This particular case involves law enforcement accusing both sisters of driving under the influence, even though it can be argued that only one was operating the vehicle. The younger of the two sisters was driving when an officer instructed her to stop. However, part of the issue is that it’s reported that the sisters changed positions just before being confronted by the responding officer. 

If the young women hadn’t have switched spots the incident may have resulted in different or even no charges. But because the car keys were in the ignition when each sister was sitting in the driver’s seat, both were charged and arrested for driving drunk.

While the older sister is accused of failing two breath tests, it’s unknown if the younger sister was intoxicated at the time of the incident. She refused to take the Breathalyzer test. It’s also unclear if the erratic driving the officer allegedly witnessed was caused by alcohol or inexperience.

While criminal charges in this case are unlikely, it serves as a fitting example of how difficult it can be to prove one’s innocence against drunk driving accusations.

Source: Huffington Post, “Steffany Miranda, Vanessa Miranda Get DUIs At Same Time In Same Car,” David Moye, June 27, 2013