A California woman was driving under the influence with her children in the car when she proceeded to crash into a shed, a parked car, a street's lane divider and a couple of street signs, police allege.
Whitney Cotta, 24, was arrested on June 2 after her SUV became disabled during an unsuccessful left turn from Mohawk Street to California Avenue in Bakersfield, according to law enforcement officials.
Cotta's multiple crashes began just a few blocks away at a Sheraton Four Points hotel, BakersfieldNow.com reports. Hotel employees reportedly tried to detain her after she hit a shed in the parking lot, but she kept driving over the grass to exit the property. She also rear-ended a stopped car and a lane divider before the vehicle finally became inoperable.
Cotta was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, child endangerment, and hit-and-run.
If convicted of California DUI, the woman will likely face greater penalties because her children were in the vehicle.
While there is a minimum sentence for each California DUI offense, a judge can increase the recommended sentence for any "enhancements" that may apply to the case.
Some examples of enhancements that could affect the severity of your California DUI penalties are:
- Speeding at the time of arrest
- Driving under the influence with children in the car
- Being involved in an accident while under the influence
- Driving on a suspended license
If you or someone you know is arrested following a California DUI-related accident, it is imperative to consult with an experienced DUI attorney. Contact our
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