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Vehicle theft and DUI charge follow driver stealing police car

A California man who was recently booked into a Riverside County jail will likely be considering his options for defending himself against the charges he now faces. In addition to a DUI charge, he also allegedly resisted arrest and stole a vehicle belonging to the California Highway Patrol. The 25-year-old driver could face jail time, fines and driver's license suspension if convicted.

CHP says the man was speeding southbound on Interstate 15 when he collided with a pickup truck. He was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, and, after being handcuffed, he was placed in the CHP patrol vehicle. While the accident was being investigated by the officer, the alleged drunk driver managed to get behind the wheel of the cruiser and raced away.

The CHP cruiser was reportedly later located along California 76 where it had crashed after leaving the road. The driver, who was missing, was subsequently found where he was hiding among the vegetation. Custody was re-established, and he was booked into jail.

The man is now facing several charges, including the DUI charge, and may find comfort in knowing that he will remain innocent until prosecutors have proved his guilt on all charges beyond a reasonable doubt in a California court. A Californian who is facing similar charges may seek the help of an experienced attorney experienced in criminal defense. Any accused person has the right to challenge the charges filed against him or her, and, by presenting a successful defense, a conviction may be avoided.

Source: timesofsandiego.com, "Man Accused of DUI, CHP Cruiser Grab in Custody", Debbie L. Sklar, March 11, 2015

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