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Police in Maryland say accident caused by drunk driving

Police attempted to initiate a traffic stop of a vehicle they say was speeding down Maryland's Coastal Highway. It is alleged that the driver of that vehicle failed to stop for officers. After the subject vehicle was in an accident, he was arrested for drunk driving.

As the driver supposedly fled from police, he apparently failed to negotiate a turn and slammed into an electrical box, causing a fire. Power in the area was out and Route 50, where the accident took place, was shut down to all traffic for about 30 minutes. Fortunately, the driver was not injured in the crash.

Ocean City police took the 24-year-old driver into custody. He is charged with reckless driving, negligent driving and evading police. According to police, the man was also driving under the influence at the time.

It is not known what evidence police had to draw that conclusion. Whether field sobriety tests and a breath or blood test were performed is not known. The driver's criminal defense team will review the procedures and results of those tests to ensure they were properly performed.

If the tests were not properly performed, the accused man could either get the drunk driving charges against him reduced or even dismissed. It is the sworn duty of Maryland police officers to protect the rights of every individual -- even those they believe are guilty of a crime. From the moment officers encounter an individual suspected of criminal activity, certain procedures and safeguards must be adhered to in order to ensure that the person's rights are protected.

Source: therepublic.com, Ocean City police charge man with DUI after he crashes into electrical box, causing outage, No author, Feb. 1, 2014

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