MN Supreme Court: Domsetic Violence is No Excuse for Drunk Driving

Created: 05/22/2014 4:23 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled against a woman in a controversial DUI case.

In may of 2011, Jennifer Axelberg was fighting with her husband. Both had been drinking, and her husband started hitting her, so she ran to her car.

After her husband punched through the windshield, she drove a mile to safety, but was still given a citation.

The Supreme Court ruled domestic abuse is not an excuse to drive drunk. But some don't agree.

"Victims of domestic abuse ought to have a remedy under the law. I think that any time the law says absolutely not is not very wise and that there should always be room for extreme circumstances," says attorney Ryan Pacyga.

The High Court was split 4-3. The majority cited wording of state law, preventing anyone from presenting extenuating circumstances.

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