Young teenagers often struggle with emotions and experiences in a very different way than adults. They may not always have the resources and knowledge to cope with stress and anger in safe and effective ways. In these situations, some young adults make some poor decisions and end up facing serious consequences.
One young girl in Illinois found herself charged with felony DUI and aggravated fleeing and eluding after police attempted to pull her over last August. According to reports, however, the charges were reduced and her penalties were minimized recently when the 17-year-old girl accepted a plea deal.
The young girl had reportedly been struggling with family issues and was late for curfew on the night she was arrested. She had been drinking before she got in her car to speed home and was spotted by police. Officers say that the teen would not stop when they tried to pull her over, and crashed her car into mailboxes and poles before ultimately trying to flee the scene on foot. However, police caught up with her and say that her blood-alcohol level was 0.113, which is over the legal limit of 0.08.
Based on the fact that the teen had never been charged with DUI before and has been struggling with family issues, many of the charges against her were dropped or reduced and she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI. According to the terms of a plea deal, the girl will be on probation for one year during which time she must also undergo alcohol treatment and attend a DUI victim impact panel. She will also have to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet for 90 days.
Source: Daily Herald, "Probation for teen in Elgin DUI chase, crash," Harry Hitzeman, Jan. 10, 2013