Shortly before 6 p.m. on Dec. 22, police received a call regarding a vehicle that struck a house and then drove away. As they searched for a vehicle matching the description they were given, they came across a damaged vehicle with a driver that appeared to be asleep behind the wheel about two miles from where the accident took place. The man behind the wheel is now facing charges that include a DUI.
Police say the Maryland man's vehicle sustained enough front-end damage that it obviously hit something. Fortunately, the driver was uninjured. The home he allegedly smashed into sustained damage to the chimney, shrubs and bushes. No injuries were reported.
Further details surrounding the arrest of the driver are not available such as whether officers performed any field sobriety tests before taking him into custody. However, in addition to the DUI charge, authorities charged the man with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He also faces charges in connection with hitting the house and leaving the scene.
No information regarding what evidence supports the charges against the Maryland man or what his blood alcohol level was at the time of his arrest was provided. As in all DUI cases, prosecutors will have to convince the court of the man's guilt, and the court is to consider him innocent until proved otherwise. While drinking and driving is dangerous and could end in serious injury or death, it would be an injustice to blindly prosecute any individual, so it is vital that prosecutors confirm that the charges against this man are warranted.
Source: baltimoresun.com, Bel Air man charged with drunk driving, crashing into home, Bryna Zumer, Dec. 23, 2013