DUI Student Turns herself in
Even though a 21-year-old student from the University of Miami turned herself in on Tuesday to begin a prison sentence for a deadly drunk driving accident, she may be facing some serious complications in her case.
Ivanna Villanueva faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol, after having been involved in an accident occurred at the intersection of LeJeune Road and Majorca Avenue on October 2nd ,2011. Police reports indicate that Villanueva was driving her Audi Q5 at approximately 80 M.P.H. when she rear ended Eyder Ayala’s Ford Focus. Ayala, a grandmother was on her way home from work and died at the scene of the accident.
As part of her sentencing and final surrender to the Court, Villanueva was required to undergo a drug test. After two attempts at the test, the results did come back positive for banned substances
Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office spokesman, Ed Griffith, said he would not confirm the test result, however, he did acknowledge there was an issue surrounding the test.
Griffith further stated to the press that there will be an analysis and a further examination as to whether or not there are doctor’s orders that are being followed that would affect the results.
A hearing has been scheduled for the middle of next week when a full analysis of the test results will be presented to the court. Villanueva will then have to produce a note from her physician stating that was prescribed the medication.
If Villanueva fails to pass the drug test, and no doctor’s excuse is provided, then her sentence will have an even higher penalty for her. Instead of a 3-year prison sentence and 15 years of probation, and with a thousand hours of community service, her sentence could possibly go as long as a 15 – 20 year incarceration.
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