This accident has definitely been making headlines recently: Hallie Jean Young was involved in a serious car crash on North Central Expressway. Apparently, she was driving under the influence of alcohol and subsequently hit another car. At the time of the accident, Young was driving her vehicle north in the southbound lane of North Central Expressway around 10:30 on a Saturday night.
The other vehicle was being driven by Erica Davidson, a Dallas single mother of two. Davidson was seriously injured when Young’s vehicle collided with Davidson’s car near Haskell and Fitzhugh avenues.
Immediately following the accident, both Davidson and Young were taken to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas for medical care. While Davidson’s condition is currently unclear, Young was treated and then booked at the Dallas County Jail and has since been charged with intoxication assault.
According to news sources, Young was apparently uncooperative with law enforcement after her arrest. Reports state that videos inside the jail recorded multiple verbal confrontations between Young and the officers. She eventually had to be placed in a restraining chair.
In Texas, the charge of intoxication assault can bring with it some pretty severe penalties. Section 49.07 of the Texas Penal Code defines intoxication assault to be an offense where a person, by accident or mistake, while operating a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated, causes serious bodily injury to another by reason of that intoxication.
Under state law, the offense is charged as a 3rd Degree felony and is punishable by a prison term of 2-10 years along with a potential fine for as much as $10,000.
In addition to the time in prison and the heavy fine, you will also most likely be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. This device will require you to submit a breath sample before the engine will start. With this device in place, an individual will not be able to drive unless his BAC (blood alcohol concentration) is below the standard that has been determined by a judge. In many cases, the car will not start if it determines that the individual has consumed any alcohol.
Young could very well face a harsh sentence. She is not only currently being charged with the serious offense of intoxication assault, but she has been arrested for DWI and other offenses in the past. And not all that far in the past either. According to Collin County records, less than a week before this incident, Young was arrested on charges of DWI and assaulting a public servant. In addition, she was charged with DWI in Dallas County in 2009, but that charge ended up being dismissed after the officer involved in the arrest failed to appear at the court date.
DWI and other alcohol-related charges can be quite burdensome and difficult to deal with. While the case with Young is a severe example, all individuals charged with DWI should consult with a local and experienced DWI defense attorney in order to make sure their rights are protected.