Driver gets DWI charge after allegedly striking police cruiser

Driver gets DWI charge after allegedly striking police cruiser

A 32-year-old driver is facing criminal charges after he reportedly struck a marked police cruiser in Prince George’s County. The man is accused of smashing into the vehicle during the early morning hours on Dec. 13. Authorities report that the driver is facing DWI allegations, as his blood alcohol content apparently measured at twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Officials say that the man was driving north on Baltimore Avenue in Laurel when he attempted to pass another vehicle. Instead of passing clearly, however, he smashed into the police cruiser. The front of that vehicle was shown completely caved-in during recent news reports. It is not clear whether the collision was head-on, but it was severe enough to send the officer to the hospital with minor injuries. That officer has already been released from the medical facilities.

Defendants facing a DUI charge – even those defendants who have struck marked police cars – do have legal rights throughout their courtroom procedures. In most instances, the law requires that those facing drunk driving charges must be released within a reasonable amount of time so that they can obtain an independent blood or breath sample to use during their criminal defense.

Further, an arrest for drunk driving charges does not automatically indicate guilt. Those drivers who are facing allegations of operating under the influence may seek a plea agreement or choose to pursue a jury trial. No matter the nature of the DUI charges they face, drunk driving defendants may benefit from the assistance of a qualified criminal defense attorney. These professionals can educate their clients about their legal options from plea to sentencing, and even beyond.

Source: Washington Post, “Man who slammed into Prince George’s police car faces DUI charges, police say” Lynh Bui, Dec. 13, 2013

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