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Felony DUI charges filed in deadly highway accident

It can be easy to jump to conclusions and look scornfully on those who choose to drink and drive in Arizona—especially those with multiple offenses. Nonetheless, we live in a society where everyone should be considered innocent until proven guilty; no matter how heinous the alleged crime may seem at first glance.

A man is currently being held without bail for probation violations associated with a drunk driving accident and faces felony DUI charges. The man was allegedly driving under the influence and traveling at excessive speeds when he lost control of his vehicle, hitting a car in oncoming traffic on Highway 121 in California. The two occupants of that vehicle were seriously injured; the passenger in the man’s vehicle was killed and he himself suffered serious injuries. The man was driving on a suspended license—an offense he is accused of committing three times prior. He now faces felony charges for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated as well as various weapons and drug charges. It is unknown where, when or if a blood alcohol test was administered.

Even is a driver’s blood alcohol content measures higher than the legal limit at the hospital or the police station, it may not have been over the legal limit while driving. It can take up to 3 hours for alcohol to fully absorb. Furthermore, reckless driving does not necessarily mean that a person is driving under the influence; there could be other explanations for erratic driving behavior as well, including medical conditions. Anyone who has been charged driving while intoxicated could benefit from consulting with an attorney to ensure that you are judged fairly in a court of law.

Source: sanfrancisco.CBSlocal.com, “Driver Charged In Sonoma Co. Crash That Killed Passenger,” CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service, Nov. 8, 2013.

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