The Washington Post article Washington — A lawyer for a woman who was fined for speeding in the parking lot of a restaurant was charged Monday with failing to take down the citation she was issued for speeding.
The charges against Susan C. Cusick of Seattle are the latest in a series of criminal prosecutions that have rocked Washington state.
A man who was arrested after allegedly driving while intoxicated while intoxicated in a Washington state state hotel was sentenced last week to serve time in jail.
A woman who drove while intoxicated and hit a police officer in Seattle is awaiting trial on a charge of reckless driving and vehicular homicide.
Prosecutors in Seattle have accused two other men of driving while impaired while intoxicated.
The state Department of Justice, which has investigated the cases, said the arrests were “unprecedented in our nation’s history.”
It also said the charges were a “significant victory for fairness and due process in criminal justice.”
The woman who is facing the charges in Washington, Michelle C. White, has said she was stopped by police while driving on a highway.
She says she was not speeding and the officer gave her a citation for driving while not wearing a seat belt, which she says is standard for all drivers.
In court papers, the city said the citation was issued because White was “unlawfully driving a vehicle” on the highway.
A lawyer representing the city told the court in a court filing that she had not been in contact with White and was not aware that she was driving while under the influence of alcohol.
The city said White had been driving for several months and had been drinking.
She was cited for driving on an island that is not part of a state highway system.
The man who had been charged in the case had his case dismissed on Monday because prosecutors could not prove he was impaired.
The arrest comes amid a nationwide crackdown on drivers who don’t wear seat belts.
At least three states have introduced laws that require all drivers to wear seatbelts while driving.
Last week, Massachusetts Gov.
Deval Patrick signed a bill that requires motorists to wear the seat belts, while Arizona Gov.
Doug Ducey signed a similar law.
In the Washington case, Cusack was charged with a misdemeanor count of failure to pay the $20 citation.
Her lawyer, Mark A. Schoelkreutz, said in court papers that she would plead not guilty and is awaiting a preliminary hearing.
The lawyer did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
White’s case is unusual because her driver’s license was suspended while she was in custody in June 2014, according to court records.
She had been ordered by a judge to pay a $50 fine and had to appear in court for the hearing, court records show.
White has since completed a diversion program and was released from jail in August, according the Washington Department of Licensing and Regulation.
The woman’s lawyer, Joseph L. Smith, did not return a message left at his office.
CUSICK AND WASHINGTON STATE COURT The charges include reckless driving, a Class B misdemeanor.
White was stopped for speeding on July 14, 2014, when she was traveling about 55 mph in a 50 mph zone in the city of Seattle, according records.
Police were called because she had no seat belt and had failed to put her seatbelt on, according an arrest report.
She said she did not have a valid identification, but the officer wrote down the license plate number on the back of the ticket, according a court document.
The officer wrote, “It is your responsibility to put your seatbelt over your left shoulder.
It is also your responsibility not to pass any passengers or vehicles in that direction,” the document said.
The officers asked White to put down her phone, which was on her lap.
She complied, but then began to drive toward the officer, the document shows.
She crashed into a parked car, the documents show.
The police report said White was traveling in a 55 mph zone when she “did not observe any other vehicle or pedestrian in the area” and that the officer said he was unable to see White’s license plate.
White told the officer that she did have a seatbelt, the report said.
White later told police that she told the officers she was distracted by alcohol, but she didn’t remember that, according court records, the Seattle Times reported.
White testified at the hearing that she never got behind the wheel while under alcohol intoxication, but that she and the officers who stopped her had driven together and that she got behind them when they told her to stop.
She testified that she didn�t realize she was intoxicated until the officers told her.
White is scheduled to go on trial Jan. 29.
The attorney for Cusock did not respond to a message seeking comment Monday.
White�s attorney did not appear at the pretrial hearing.
Scholkreuts office declined to comment on whether White had attended any pretrial hearings.
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