Maryland DUI Interlock Device Not Fooled by Breath Mints Defense
Interlock device sends DUI offender to jail. A Maryland woman released early from prison after killing two people in a 2009 driving under the influence crash was sent back to jail after the interlock device stopped her several times from driving her car.
After tripping the device, the woman claimed that breath mints caused the interlock device to indicate alcohol infractions.
A Montgomery County DUI Judge ordered the woman held without bond for 90 days pending her sentencing hearing. The woman’s DUI attorney is advocating for treatment. The Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office is asking for jail time.
Interlock Device Sends DUI Offender to Jail
Her case is being heard against the backdrop of new DUI legislation that would require anyone convicted of driving while impaired to install an interlock device in their vehicle. Currently, interlock devices are mandated for drivers that have a BAC over 0.15 or refuse to take the breathalyzer test.
The interlock device reported that it prevented the woman’s car from starting after three alcohol readings. The interlock device is designed to account for other substances that could create a false reading.
The Montgomery County DUI Judge ruled that she violated her probation for two reasons: drinking, and trying to drive after drinking.
This woman’s DUI case illustrates how the interlock device prevents car from starting, and how the interlock device sends DUI offender to jail.
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