Two out-of-state men were riding their motorcycles through Maryland recently. As they headed east on Route 50, the pair slowed to make a turn onto Route 611 to head south. Somehow, the two motorcycles collided. While one of the men went to the hospital for treatment of injuries he suffered in the crash, the other was arrested for DUI and other charges.
Maryland State Police say that, when troopers arrived at the scene, it became apparent to them that one of the men was impaired. Troopers administered field sobriety tests, which they claim the man failed. Further, when he was asked to submit to a breath test, he reportedly refused.
The good news is that the New Jersey man did not suffer injuries like his friend from Delaware did. The bad news is the man is facing criminal charges in connection with the incident. It can be disconcerting enough to be charged with a crime in your home state, but being charged in another state, no matter how close to home, can be frightening. The laws regarding driving under the influence may not be the same in Maryland as they are in the man's home state of New Jersey.
For instance, the penalties for a conviction associated with DUI here in Maryland may not be the same. However, some things may be the same. A review of the procedures followed by police officers here will be necessary to ensure they were properly followed to protect the man's rights. Moreover, prosecutors will be responsible for proving to the court that no mistakes were made in the administration of field sobriety tests or any breath or blood tests subsequently conducted regarding the man's blood alcohol level. If, for any reason, prosecutors are unable to prove the man is guilty of the charges against him, no conviction can occur.
Source: delmarvanow.com, "Man charged with DUI after motorcycle crash", , April 28, 2014