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DUI charge may follow fatal crash

Drunk driving is aggressively prosecuted in California and elsewhere. An arrest for drunk driving will lead to the confiscation of a driver's license, although the driver may request a DMV hearing that might postpone suspension until the outcome of a hearing is known. A DUI charge following an accident in which others were injured or killed is typically prosecuted more aggressively.

After a single vehicle accident on a recent Wednesday evening, the California Highway Patrol arrested a driver who was allegedly driving while intoxicated. A CHP report states that there were two passengers in the vehicle with the driver when he lost control, causing the car to veer across the road and smash into a tree on the opposite side. The driver suffered several injuries, including a fractured arm. One passenger suffered fractures to his spine, and the second passenger did not survive the accident.

A CHP officer says the driver may be charged with vehicular manslaughter and DUI causing injuries. Residents of the area where the accident occurred say drivers typically travel at high speeds along the particular roadway. It is not known which methods were used to determine the driver's level of intoxication, or how probable cause was established.

A driver who is facing a DUI charge may benefit from retaining the services of an experienced California DUI defense attorney. A lawyer may find reasons to question breath or blood test results and examine the methods used by officers during the arrest process. Challenging the accuracy of a device used for breath testing, and admissibility of the results, may lead to lesser charges or even the dismissal of pending charges. In addition to license suspension, incarceration and fines, a DUI conviction can have devastating consequences related to an accused person's personal and professional life.

Source: kionrightnow.com, "UPDATE: Driver arrested on DUI charge in deadly Prunedale crash, CHP says", Jake Reiner, May 6, 2015

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