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DUI charge follows driver stopping to relieve himself

Charges for driver under the influence can follow a variety of actions by drivers, and some are more unusual than others are. A recent arrest had a California Highway Police officer say he had never seen a similar case. The incident reportedly occurred in the early morning hours of a recent Wednesday and led to one person facing a DUI charge. Due to unusual circumstances, the incident also resulted in the death of one passenger and serious injuries to another.

An accident report indicates that a man whose identity was not released was southbound on a California Highway with three male passengers and one female. Reportedly, the driver pulled onto the shoulder of the road because the men needed to relieve themselves. The driver and another man walked a short distance away, and the other two passengers jumped over the barrier thinking they would land on level ground.

However, they did not realize that they were jumping to the riverbed below. The distance was apparently far greater than what they anticipated. One man fell to his death while the other one suffered life-threatening injuries. The driver and the other man came back to the car, and when they looked for the other two, they saw them in the riverbed. When officers arrived at the scene, the driver was arrested for driving under the influence.

This driver is now facing a DUI charge of which not many details are available. When he secures the services of an experienced DUI defense attorney, the charges and evidence will be analyzed. The lawyer will also scrutinize the methods used by officers to determine his blood alcohol level and to make the arrest. Based on his findings, the attorney can work on a defense strategy to achieve the best outcome for the defendant.

Source: sandiegouniontribune.com, "1 dead, 1 critical in fall from I-15 at Lake Hodges", Pauline Repard, Dec. 7, 2016

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