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Tennessee woman charged with DUI after hitting police cruiser

A 45-year-old woman is facing drunk driving charges after allegedly plowing her vehicle into a police cruiser. The Tennessee resident has been charged with DUI after a recent early morning incident involving police who were taking a juvenile detainee to be treated for a medical condition. The woman was heading north when she tried to make a left turn, apparently without using her signal. The police cruiser was heading south when the woman slammed into the side of the police car.

The cruiser was pushed off the road and into a field. The juvenile passenger along with a deputy were taken to hospital and treated for injuries. The woman was also charged with failing to yield. One of the passengers in her vehicle -- a male, age 57, was charged with DUI by consent.

Motor vehicle accidents: Tennessee car chase ends in injuries

A 19-year-old man is facing several charges in connection with a recent car chase that sent passengers to the hospital with several major  injuries. In this -- one of many motor vehicle accidents on Tennessee roads -- the accused, and driver of the vehicle, was injured along with his two passengers. Police say the suspect was already wanted on felony charges. In this case, he allegedly drove through a traffic stop set up by the authorities after they spotted him.

A police report indicates the teen was speeding and ultimately crashed the vehicle into a hydro pole. The three occupants were taken to the hospital for treatment. Police say they suffered serious injuries, and the authorities are continuing their investigation. They say the man will be charged with multiple offenses.

Tips for avoiding DUI charges in Tennessee

If you are over 21, drinking a beer and then getting behind the wheel doesn't necessarily mean you are breaking the law, unless that one beer causes the blood alcohol content in your body to register .08 or higher.

Then again, some people have faced DUI charges without ever having had a drink. This happens sometimes if a Breathalyzer malfunctions or detects alcohol on the breath of someone who has used cough syrup or mouthwash containing alcohol as an ingredient. That's why it's critical to know your rights and where to seek support if a problem arises.

How police misconduct can invalidate your drug charge

The state of Tennessee treats drugs crimes seriously. Even for a relatively low-level drug crime, such as marijuana possession, you could be charged $250 in fees and be required to attend drug offender school for a first-time offense. The penalties get increasingly stiff for repeated offenses or for more serious offenses. In addition, any kind of drug charge—regardless of whether it’s a misdemeanor or a felony offense—will end up on your criminal record, which can negatively impact your future ability to get a job or secure a loan.

Considering all of the damage that a drug charge can do, it’s especially important to hire an experienced drug crime attorney who has a thorough understanding of the various defenses available to get you off the hook.

Motor vehicle accidents: Warrants issued for crash of last year

Arrest warrants were recently issued for a 2017 crash that left a driver seriously injured. The two-car collision was one of several motor vehicle accidents on Tennessee roads last year. In this case, arrest warrants were issued for a 47-year-old man for allegedly driving under the influence and vehicular assault in a crash in September. The driver of the other vehicle was hospitalized with neck and back injuries.

According to a report, the seriously injured driver will suffer lifelong effects from the injuries she suffered in the crash. She told police that she was stopped at a red light when the vehicle of the accused crashed into the back of her vehicle. The man was unable to submit to field sobriety tests at the scene because he was shaken up, but a blood test later in hospital apparently showed there was methamphetamine in his system.

When visitation day makes you worry about your children's safety

When you decided to divorce, you determined that you were not going to let it ruin your children's lives. You understood that there would likely be challenges, but you figured that with lots of love and support to go around, you'd all fare as well as possible as you helped each other move on toward a happy, new lifestyle.

You achieved what you felt was a fair and agreeable settlement, and things seemed to be going well at first. You're not so sure about that nowadays, however, since your children recently told you that their other parent had been consuming quite a bit of alcohol before driving them home from a restaurant. You know you must adhere to the existing court order for visitation rights, but you also want to keep your children safe.

Child-free doesn't mean complication-free when it comes to divorce

There is no doubt that some of the most contentious aspects of divorce revolve around children. Between custody and support matters, there is a lot for divorcing spouses to argue about.

However, if you are divorcing without children, you should not make the mistake of assuming your divorce will be free of complications. There are numerous challenges that can arise for couples divorcing without children.

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