An assistant basketball coach has been accused of driving under the influence after being in a single-car accident. The Maryland coach was accused of a drinking and driving offense and other charges after he apparently refused to take a sobriety test. He was given a discretionary release and is scheduled to appear in court in January of next year.
The incident reportedly occurred when the man lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a pole located outside of a restaurant. An officer was nearby who witnessed the accident and questioned the man. During the conversation, the officer states that he observed red flags indicating that the man was under the influence.
A field sobriety test was not conducted in this matter, and the coach was not arrested. However, he was charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain control of a vehicle. He is expected to appear in court in January. This is the second time in the last two years that the man has been charged for drunk driving related charges. Back in 2011, he was charged and received probation as part of his sentence.
A drinking and driving charge in Maryland can lead to driver's license suspension and a possible jail sentence if convicted. For this reason, it is helpful to seek legal guidance regarding one's rights and responsibilities. In this particular case, a field sobriety test was not conducted, and it has not been indicated if the coach's blood alcohol levels were tested at the time of his arrest. In spite of previous DUI charges, the defendant and his defense attorney may exercise the right to dispute any evidence prosecutors expect to use against him, including the officer's alleged statements.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, Dalonte Hill crashed his vehicle into a wooden electric pole, police spokeswoman says, Don Markus, Oct. 23, 2013