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Driver Fleeing for Safety, DUI Charges Dismissed on Appeal

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Lisa Marie Leprowse was convicted of drunk driving in a Missoula (Montana) District Court after a judge refused to present her argument that she was driving only to avoid a dangerous situation to a jury for consideration.  Leprowse was involved in an altercation in bar with another woman; upon feeling her life was in danger, she drove from bar in her vehicle.  The severity of the altercation was confirmed by police; however, Leprowse was still arrested and processed for DUI.  After being convicted in the Montana lower court, Leprowse appealed her case.  The Montana Supreme Court dismissed the charges citing a statue that allows people to break the law if they are in danger.  The Supreme Court agreed Leprowse should have been allowed to argue her point to a jury.



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