Drinking and driving in Maryland is a serious offense that can mean substantial fines, a loss of driving privileges and jail time, among other things. A 22-year-old Leonardtown man possibly faces those consequences after his involvement in a single-car accident just after midnight on a recent Sunday. After refusing to take any field sobriety tests, the sheriff's deputy took him into custody for drunk driving.
Police, fire and medical response teams found the driver's car in the woods when they arrived at the scene. The car left the road and appeared to have smashed into a tree. The driver and a passenger both suffered from minor injuries as a result of the crash. They refused to go to the hospital and were treated at the scene.
The driver now faces three charges related to this crash. Two are alcohol-related charges: driving under the influence and driving while impaired. He was also charged for failing to control the vehicle's speed in order to avoid a crash. He is being held in the St. Mary's County Detention Center.
The man has faced charges in the past related to negligent and reckless driving. Though the charges were dismissed in one incident, he was found guilty in the other. This may have a bearing on the current case since it established a record of negligent driving. However, under Maryland law, he is entitled to the presumption of innocence on these drunk driving charges unless or until he is proven guilty in court. He would do well to have experienced legal counsel as he fights against a conviction and the serious consequences that it carries.
Source: smnewsnet.com, "Early Morning Accident in Great Mills Sends One to Jail," Aug. 4, 2013