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Driver accused of driving under the influence after boy struck

When a California Highway Patrol officer recently attempted to pull over a driver, he says the driver raced away. The driver reportedly led the CHP on a high-speed chase through Antelope in Sacramento County. The pursuit apparently ended shortly after the man's vehicle struck a teenager. The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Reportedly, the 13-year-old boy had just arrived home in a car with his mother. The teen exited the vehicle, and he was struck while he was still on the sidewalk. According to his grandfather, the impact threw him about 50 feet into the yard of neighbors, where he landed underneath a piece of iron fence that was also damaged in the crash. The teen remains in hospital where he was admitted with multiple fractures. It was said that he may suffer permanent paralysis.

At his first court appearance on a charge of felony DUI, the 32-year-old driver did not enter a plea. He is awaiting his next court hearing. Bail of $500,000 was set. There is no mention of how and when officers determined the driver's blood alcohol content.

As this case of driving under the influence proceeds, the driver will likely rely on an experienced California drunk driving defense attorney to protect his rights and fight for a beneficial result. The lawyer can scrutinize the details of the charges and investigate the reason for the CHP seeking to pull the driver over in the first place. Also, the procedures and methods used to determine the level of alcohol in the man's blood, along with the arrest procedures, may also be relevant. Any legal or factual issues identified can be addressed in court.

Source: CBS Sacramento, "Teen Struck By Suspected DUI Driver In Antelope May Be Paralyzed", Shirin Rajaee, Jan. 21, 2016

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