I was beaten up while walking home from a party because of my race. I left my vehicle at home because I knew I'd be drinking. While I was being beaten up (probably 15 minutes and we covered a distance on foot of about 250 metres) I sort of lost control of what was going on, and I don't remember it all. A carload of drunks stopped to help me, I freaked out and got in their car, and took off in it. I crashed it into a building. I don't remember any of this, but I do remember the jaws of life prying me out of the damn car and everything after, so obviously it happened. As it turns out, there was conveniently a person in the back of the damn thing, and she got hurt. I don't remember the car stopping, driving the car, or crashing it, so I obviously don't recall her being there when I got in.
I got charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm, over 0.08 and car theft over 5k.
The police wouldn't take my statement without agreeing not to use it against me, so the two guys that beat me up never got charged.
I was angry, and depressed about it all, and I started drinking a lot (I've since quit.) My wife left me.
Friends have abandoned me because of the embarrassment I've caused them in a town of 2300 that doesn't know what really happened. People have told me off in public, and the whole damn town seems to hate me. I've been shouted at across the grocery store dozens of times from the woman in the back of the car: And honestly, I can't blame her, I'd hate me too.
I'm fighting the charges like a dog, because I absolutely believe I am not a criminal, and will probably go broke with legal fees.
Two years later, and the trial is still more than two months off, and will likely be deferred again by the prosecution.