A Texas woman recently pleaded not guilty to manslaughter after she crashed a pickup truck on a North Dakota military base. Her passenger was killed in the accident. Although the woman has evidently not yet been charged with DUI, she is said to have been driving while intoxicated during the incident. The woman also recently pleaded not guilty to a separate incident in which she was said to have been driving while under the influence of alcohol.

The 32-year-old woman is from Dayton, Texas, which is about two hours southwest of the Bryan/College Station area. In the first instance, she and her 55-year-old passenger, a man from Toledo, Ohio, were driving near the North Dakota Air National Guard Base in Fargo Sept. 14. Investigators believe they left a Taco Bell restaurant just after midnight and the woman was driving recklessly when she came to a dead-end in front of the air base.

The pickup truck the woman was driving left the roadway, went airborne and crashed through a fence and landed on the base's property. Her passenger was declared dead at the scene.

The woman admitted that she had been drinking, but said she was not drunk. Rather, she claimed to have been looking for her GPS device at the time the crash occurred.

Earlier this week, the woman also pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of drinking and driving and hit-and-run in connection with another incident that occurred in August. These charges stem from an incident in which the woman allegedly drove drunk, struck an unoccupied vehicle and then left the scene without trying to give the vehicle's owner her contact or insurance information.

The woman is in Cass County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

In circumstances like this, where accusations are heaped on top of one another, a defendant has an uphill battle to fight. Many times, people in similar situations find it very helpful to work with an attorney who has experience with DUIs. Such an attorney may be able to offer valuable insight and construct a strong defense.

Source: The Fargo Forum, "Crash on base could bring jail time," Mike Nowatzki, Oct. 27, 2011