A 63-year-old Florida woman was charged with driving under the influence on June 10 after she allegedly drove her car into a crowd of people who had gathered at a motorcycle dealership to hear a band play. She also faces counts of causing an accident that resulted in property damage, leaving the scene of an injury accident, and refusing to submit to a breath test.

The incident took place in the parking lot of a Harley-Davidson dealership on El Jobean Road in Port Charlotte. The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office say the woman's Fiat convertible drove past barriers that had been set up for a music concert. The band's guitarist suffered a foot injury according to media reports. Eyewitnesses told responding deputies that the woman reversed out of the crowd and attempted to flee the scene, but she was prevented from doing so by a group of dealership employees who surrounded her vehicle.

Deputies claim that the woman refused to take a breath test but did admit that she had taken several pain medication pills before getting behind the wheel. When she was pulled from her car, deputies say that a foil-wrapped box fell from her dress. The box was found to contain bundles of currency totaling more than $100,000.

Experienced criminal defense attorneys often challenge the validity of toxicology test results or question the actions of police officers in drunk driving cases, but they may claim involuntary intoxication as an affirmative defense when presented with facts like these. These arguments are often made when DUI suspects genuinely believed that they were not impaired when they decided to drive. Prosecutors may be swayed by this defense when drivers consumed food or drinks that had been tampered with or took prescription medications that they did not know would have a narcotic effect.

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