Marilyn Perry, 62, (left) has curious defense for crashing into the car of Pamela Beckham, 50, (right below) and breaking Beckham’s neck and causing her other injuries in Bellevue. Perry was trying to get her grandchildren out of the car so it could have been much much worse when Beckham slammed into her.
The police suspected DUI but found that she was never drunk nor using her cellphone at the time of the accident. Instead, Beckham explained that she was going through some personal problems and was praying as she drove with her head down. What is interesting is that if she were drunk or on the cellphone, she might have gone to jail. However, driving while praying (DWP) leading to vehicular assault will place you in an intervention program and on three years probation. The judge also ordered Perry to make up to $10,000 in restitution.
I am not sure what a DWP intervention program does. Does it turn you into an atheist or teach you to pray with your head up and eyes open?