Diners at an Italian restaurant in north Dallas had their evenings interrupted by an allegedly drunk driver when an SUV driven by the suspect smashed into the restaurant. According to news reports several persons were injured, with at least one suffering critical injuries.
The defendant in this case is facing both serious issues of civil liability and criminal issues arising out of the injuries caused by the accident.
The accident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. Police were dispatched to the restaurant at 18204 Preston Road after receiving reports that an SUIV had crashed into the restaurant. The restaurant was open for business and serving customers at the time.
Only one person was injured seriously; she was taken to a nearby hospital and reported to be in critical condition.
The driver of the SUV, a 64-year old woman, was arrested at the scene and charged with intoxication assault. No other charges were announced. The manager of the restaurant said that none of the building’s structural elements were damaged by the accident.
The criminal perspective
Intoxication assault is a third-degree felony. Prosecutors must prove the defendant was intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle in a public area, and the manner of operation caused serious injury to another.
The defendant in this case is facing serious penalties if she is convicted of the charges against her. She could be sentenced to imprisonment for not less than two years and not more than 10 years and required to pay a fine not to exceed $10,000.
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