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Traffic stop leads to two men being charged with drunk driving

Many arrests of suspected drunk drivers in Maryland are the result of traffic stops. Others, however, are the result of accidents. On Feb. 22, two officers in separate cars ended up making two drunk driving arrests at the same scene. One was due to an accident that occurred during a traffic stop.

An officer pulled over a vehicle after he suspected the driver behind the wheel was impaired. Another officer pulled in behind the first officer to provide backup if needed. After the arresting officer placed the driver in his cruiser, another vehicle came along and slammed into both police cars and the detained driver's vehicle before winding up in a ditch.

As both officers went to investigate the now wrecked vehicle in the ditch, they claim to have smelled alcohol coming from it. The driver of that vehicle allegedly resisted arrest, but the officers say they quickly got the situation under control and took the driver into custody. Both suspected drunk drivers were transported to a local medical facility to be treated for injuries suffered in the crash. The passenger in the second vehicle denied the need for medical attention.

Both men face drunk driving and other charges. However, in order for them to be considered guilty of any of the charges surrounding the events, Maryland prosecutors must first convince a court of their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Each man will have the opportunity to review any evidence prosecutors intend to present to the court, including the testimony of the officers. After such a review, each man's criminal defense team will consider all of the options available and advise each of them of their belief as to what the next course of action should be to bring about the most favorable resolution for each individual.

Source: thebaynet.com, Man charged with DUI after crashing into two police cars, No author, Feb. 26, 2014

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