Judy Wang, 23, of Buena Park, may have just discovered the most unfortunate way to be caught and charged with a DUI. She was driving, allegedly drunk, when she slammed into a parked police cruiser that had pulled someone else over, reports CBS Los Angeles.
The officers escaped injury by jumping out of the way, but their car was totaled when it was smashed between Wang's Toyota and the car they had initially pulled over. The force of the impact pushed the cop car 20 feet forward and into the parked car ahead of them. A passenger in the front car was taken to the hospital with hip pain.
When questioned at the scene, Wang admitted to drinking. She was then detained by the officers and taken to the station.
Wang has been charged with Felony Driving Under the Influence, which is interesting. Drunk drivers crash into other cars all the time while drunk and are often only charged with felony DUI if someone is severely injured or killed, they have three or more prior DUIs, a very elevated BAC, or they have one or more prior felony DUI convictions.
We discussed a story last week where a driver received the maximum sentence for a felony DUI because he had four priors.
For Judy Wang, there have been no priors reported by any news outlet covering the story. Furthermore, though someone was injured, a charge for felony DUI usually requires severe injuries or death. The injured woman here was complaining of "hip pain."
Looks like the cops might have been just a little upset about their car.
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