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Call from Maryland Route 301 leads to drunk driving charge

At approximately 12:30 p.m. on March 22, someone driving on Maryland Route 301 contacted law enforcement officials to report what appeared to be unsafe driving by another motorist. Police subsequently located a vehicle matching the caller's description and initiated a traffic stop. As a result of the stop, a 51-year-old man was arrested on a drunk driving charge.

According to the person who made the call, the vehicle was a silver passenger car, possibly a Dodge. The person behind the wheel of this car appeared to be driving erratically. The vehicle then abruptly crossed through the grass median from the north side of Route 301 to the south side. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle for traveling over the posted speed limit, but the vehicle did not stop until it reached a welcome center.

The arresting officer claimed the Maryland man had alcohol on his breath. The driver was given field sobriety tests and was taken into custody as a suspected drunk driver and charged with driving under the influence. It is not known whether the man submitted to a breath and/or blood test to confirm the officer's suspicions.

A drunk driving charge carries penalties that could significantly interfere with this man's life. He could lose his driver's license, be assessed fines and even spend time in jail. As such, it is imperative that the evidence and procedures used by law enforcement officials be scrutinized. After that, a course of action may be developed that could provide the suspected drunk driver with options to either reduce or eliminate the charges and penalties he currently faces.

Source: myeasternshoremd.com, "Man charged with DUI after vehicle crosses Route 301 median", , March 24, 2014

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