North Carolina authorities reportedly have charged a 13-year-old girl with driving while impaired after an alleged car accident in Woodland earlier this month. Three people were reportedly injured in the crash, but officials say all are expected to be fine. Investigators claim the young woman drove a vehicle onto highway 35 and was involved in a car accident with another vehicle.
The allegations say that the 13-year-old had been at a party before getting behind the wheel. Greenville underage drinking defense lawyers are aware that North Carolina law allows the state to proceed with DWI charges against anyone under the age of 21 based upon any evidence of alcohol consumption.
Underage DWI charges in the state do not necessarily involve evidence of a 0.08 percent alcohol level for the presumption of impairment that may be brought in adult cases.
In addition to the 13-year-old, at least one other person is facing criminal charges related to the allegations that night. North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents have charged a Northampton County man with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, giving a malt beverage to a person under the age of 21 and aiding and abetting underage possession of alcohol by a minor.
ALE investigators say that further charges against other individuals may come as an investigation into the alleged party continues. Agents claim that two 14-year-olds and an 18-year-old are believed to have been at the alleged party, in addition to the 23-year-old accused of a slate of charges and the 13-year-old who is facing the DWI charges.
Source: KTLA, “13-year-old charged with DWI after head-on collision,” Mar. 12, 2012