Linda Marie Couite, 46, was arrested on Massachusetts Drunk Driving Charges after allegedly leading police on a short slow-moving pursuit in Abington.
According to the Abington Police Department, officers were called to investigate reports of an ‘erratic driver’ driving on Washington Street in Abington. Officers reported that Couite allegedly drove her car the wrong way and into traffic, on the sidewalk, and ultimately collided with another car head-on.
Abington Police, after arresting Linda Marie Couite for DUI and Drug Charges, searched her and allegedly discovered two pills of suboxone and seven pills of a Class E Controlled Substance, namely, carisoprodol (which is a muscle relaxant).
The penalties for Operating Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol can be severe, even for first-offenders, including imprisonment in the House of Corrections for up to 2.5 years; fines, fees and assessment totaling up to $5,000; and suspension of your Massachusetts Driver’s License for 1 year.
Massachusetts DUI Law does provide, however, what is called an ‘Alternative 24D Disposition’ for first-time OUI offenders, but only if the person ‘admits sufficient facts’ for a plea of ‘Continuance Without a Finding’ (similar to a plea of ‘no contest’).
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