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California DUI charges in wrong-way Highway 101 crash

There are many dangerous accidents, especially during the holiday season. DUI charges can sometimes be a factor in these accidents. The nature of the season makes the police especially vigilant in pursuing such charges. As a result, defendants accused of DUI in California should be prepared to mount a strong defense if they decide to fight the charges leveled against them.

On Christmas day, authorities allege that a California man was driving the wrong way on Highway 101. Reports indicate that he was driving a Mazda at the time and had a head-on collision with a Nissan driving the correct way on the same road. Both drivers sought to avoid a crash by swerving, but still suffered a partial head-on collision.

In the process of trying to avoid a crash, the Mazda ended up on the shoulder of the road. The Nissan drove into the divide and the front of the Nissan impacted against the guardrail. Both drivers were taken to the Marin General Hospital and neither suffered serious injuries. Although the details are not entirely clear, there was some sort of investigation following the accident and the driver of the Mazda was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

This case has some difficult facts in it. It is important to keep in mind that even the most challenging facts do not erase the presumption of innocence of the accused. In a case with facts that include both DUI charges and an accusation of going the wrong way on the highway, it is especially important that a driver have a good understanding of the relevant law in California.

Source: NBC Bay Area, "DUI Arrest in North Bay; Two Drivers Sent to Hospital," Dec. 25, 2012

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