If the reports are true about DUI suspect Oralia Baltier, she pretty much did everything you shouldn’t do when involved in a DUI investigation.
First, Baltier is accused of fleeing the scene after hitting a vehicle early Tuesday morning, according to The Arizona Republic.
Under Arizona law, drivers are required to stop their vehicles in the event of an automobile accident and exchange information with those involved. Failing to stop after an accident that involves damage to a vehicle is a class 2 misdemeanor.
Baltier, however, did return to the scene of the accident, which may have gotten her out of a hit-and-run charge. Unfortunately, once at the crash scene, she allegedly assaulted two Gilbert police officers as they attempted to arrest her. Instead of complying, the 24-year-old allegedly became violent and even took out her anger on the passenger door of the patrol car, according to Gilbert Police spokesman Sgt. Bill Balafas.
If you are a DUI suspect, it's always recommended to peacefully comply with the officers' requests. The whole process goes more smoothly, both for you and the authorities.
Now, Gilbert police are recommending an additional charge of aggravated assault of a police officer, which is a felony, in addition to a DUI charge. Convictions on both charges could get the Mesa woman a lengthier jail sentence.
If suspected of a DUI, don't follow Baltier's example. It's better to deal with the consequences of a DUI crash, well, head-on. Fleeing the scene or getting the scrappy with the cops will only make the case against you worse.
- Find a Phoenix DUI Attorney (FindLaw)
- Woman Accused of Assaulting 2 Gilbert Officers (azfamily.com)
- Aggravated Assault (FindLaw)
- Mesa Man Kicks Paramedic in Face after DUI Crash into Dumpster (The Phoenix DUI Blog)