A woman in the United States of America has been charged with drink-driving by police when her vehicle got stuck on the steps of a police station while trying to drive away. However, the 26-year-old blamed her GPS as she drove through the Portland Police Department garage and even a pedestrian zone. She claims her GPS system showed her the route to take and after reaching a flight of stairs, she tried to leave by riding off it in an SUV to get onto the street.
Police released a statement on Facebook saying: “A 26-year-old female driver drove through the police garage, across our pedestrian plaza and then tried to drive down the stairs onto Middle Street. She said she was following her GPS directions. “but that the officers thought it was her excessive blood alcohol. She was subpoenaed by OUI. We are lucky she didn’t hit anyone and this ended up with only a small amount of property damage. Please don’t drink or drive.”
An OUI in the United States of America refers to someone “operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol”. Police have not yet released the victim’s identity.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which falls under the U.S. Department of Transportation, drinking under the influence of alcohol is a serious problem in the country. Its website states: “Each day, approximately 28 people in the United States die in drunken traffic accidents — that’s one person every 52 minutes. In 2019, these deaths reached the lowest rate since 1982, when the NHTSA began reporting alcohol data — but still 10,142 people lost their lives.”
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