Drinking and driving is never a good idea. It can lead to serious, even tragic, consequences. Convicted drunk drivers may face substantial fines, loss of driving privileges, license suspension, incarceration, and other penalties.
However, not every person who climbs behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and subsequently has an accident is automatically guilty of driving under the influence. It is vital to review the facts carefully before imposing drunk driving charges.
Such is the case for a 54-year-old man from Bel Air, Maryland, who allegedly crashed his pickup truck into a home, rupturing a propane gas line. The home erupted into flames, damaging the siding. Fortunately, no one was inside the home at the time of the accident. A neighbor stepped in and quickly doused the fire with an extinguisher.
The driver of the pickup then allegedly backed his truck into another neighbor's home and knocked it off its foundation before driving through both yards and leaving the scene of the accident. The police eventually tracked the driver down and arrested him. He faces charges of driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence, among others.
The potential consequences of his actions may end in a jail sentence, but not before the truck driver has an opportunity to stand up in his own defense. As with anyone facing criminal charges, this man has the constitutional right to due process. It will be up to a court of law to determine what the next course of action should be.
Source: WBAL-TV, "Deputies: Drunk driver hit 2 homes, setting 1 on fire," April 26, 2013
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