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Drunk driver claims parked cars hit hers

It likely didn’t take legal eagles to do so, but prosecutors in Knoxville, Tennessee managed to secure convictions against a woman who claimed her drunk driving accidents were caused by multiple parked cars striking her vehicle.

According to a press release from the Knox County D.A. office, 38-year-old Vanessa Elizabeth Helfant had claimed that the non-moving vehicles crashed into hers on the night of March 25, 2017 — though logic, and multiple eyewitnesses said otherwise. Helfant was reportedly pursed by the bystanders to her residence, knocking on the door to get her attention.

Instead, she called 911 to report strangers were knocking on her door, and a responding officer arrested her under suspicion of driving under the influence. Helfant reportedly copped to drinking a pint of vodka and smoking pot before striking a series of cars.

Helfant was convicted of DUI last week.

She will be sentenced in February, where it will be determined how much time she’ll spend behind bars. It was her first offense, so she faces nearly a year in jail — with a minimum of 48 hours in jail.

Helfant also faces a license suspension for a year, a $350 fine, and must complete DUI classes.

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