A woman in Iowa was arrested charged with theft and driving under the influence after allegedly stealing a car and shoplifting. The woman drove the stolen car to Family Dollar where she stole $99.24 worth of merchandise. Police later found the woman after she drove the stolen vehicle into a snowbank. In her attempt to escape, she backed the stolen vehicle into a police cruiser. She was arrested for driving under the influence and police said that she smelled of alcohol and was unable to stand. This was her second driving under the influence offense.
Auto Theft in Washington
If the woman had stolen the car in Washington, she likely would have been charged with auto theft. Defined as “wrongfully obtaining or exerting unauthorized control over a motor vehicle owned by another person,” auto theft is punishable as a felony. A conviction can result in up to ten years in prison and a fine of no more than $20,000. In addition, a conviction of auto theft is considered to be a crime of moral turpitude and can have a lasting impact on a person's ability to pass background checks for housing and employment.
Shoplifting in Washington
Shoplifting is a crime in Washington. Theft in the third degree, also known as petty theft, is the criminal charge for shoplifting merchandise with a value of less than $750. The punishment for theft in the third degree is imprisonment of up to one year in county jail, a fine of $5,000, or both.
Second DUI in Washington
If this event had happened in Washington, the woman may have been charged with a second DUI. There is a seven-year look back period for DUI convictions, meaning that there are enhanced punishments for a conviction of more than one DUI in a seven-year period. A second DUI conviction can result in license suspension of up to three years, in addition to a jail sentence of up to one year, electronic home detention, one year of an interlock device and fines of up to $5,000.
The woman may have also been charged with a felony DUI if she had been in Washington. Felony DUI charges result from committing vehicular assault while driving under the influence. Vehicular assault charges are associated with eluding police and causing an injury to someone or an accident to occur. Depending on the details of the situation, if the woman had intentionally backed the stolen car into the police cruiser in an attempt to evade police, she could have been charged with vehicular assault in Washington.
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