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People v. Wilkinson
California Supreme Court
94 P.3d 551 (2004)
Police stopped Jaleh Wilkinson (defendant) after observing her car crossing the center line, swerving between lanes, and striking a parked car. Wilkinson failed a field sobriety test. At the police station, Wilkinson was uncooperative and combative, grabbing one custodial officer’s arm and leaving a welt. The state (plaintiff) charged Wilkinson with driving under the influence and battery. Wilkinson testified that before she began driving, she had consumed three drinks over three hours at a restaurant without feeling intoxication. Wilkinson alleged she had been drugged. A toxicologist who reviewed Wilkinson’s case stated that Wilkinson had been under the influence of the date-rape drug. Wilkinson was convicted of felony battery and appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (George, C.J.)
Dissent (Kennard, J.)
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