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Tow-truck driver faces DUI charge after crash

Being arrested and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol in California is a frightening experience. In addition to driver's license suspension, penalties for a DWI conviction can include fines and even incarceration. While many people assume the guilt of any driver who is facing a DUI charge, those charged remain innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

A 50-year-old tow-truck driver was recently arrested after he lost control of his vehicle on a state highway. The California Highway Patrol reported that the man failed to control the tow truck in a bend and smashed into the concrete divider between the eastbound and westbound lanes. They confirmed that no injuries were caused to other parties, but the crash caused concrete debris to scatter across the road surface. It was reported that this resulted in damage to one other vehicle.

No details about the procedures that led to the DUI arrest were reported, except that officials said the level of alcohol in his blood exceeded the legal limit of .08 percent. The manner in which this was determined may play a significant role in the man's defense. There are strict procedural regulations to be followed when an arrest for DUI is made.

In a California court of law, the burden of proof is on the prosecution. The state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused individual is guilty of the crime of which he or she is charged with committing. Any California resident who faces a DUI charge has the right to defend him or herself against the charge or charges he or she faces.

Source: hmbreview.com, "Drunken tow-truck driver arrested for crash", Mark Noack, Dec. 11, 2014

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