Virtually everyone in Maryland knows that accidents happen for a wide variety of reasons. Often, it is assumed that the driver responsible must have done something wrong in order to lose control of his or her automobile. On many occasions, that is true. However, just because someone has been accused of DUI does not necessarily mean that the driver was driving while intoxicated.
For instance, a Maryland man was recently arrested after an accident. Shortly after 7 p.m. on a Friday, according to the authorities, the 47-year-old was headed east on Route 90. Somehow, he lost control of his vehicle, and it ended up colliding with another vehicle.
When police and other emergency personnel arrived at the scene of the accident, the man was offered medical treatment, which he declined. At some point during the on scene investigation, police administered field sobriety tests to the driver, which he reportedly failed. It was then that they took him into custody.
Upon arrival at the Maryland State Police Berlin Barracks, officers attempted to administer a breath test. The man refused, and he was subsequently charged with DUI and other charges related to the crash itself. It is not known whether any additional testing, such as a blood test, was accomplished.
It is incumbent on prosecutors to prove, according to the court's exacting standards, that the man accused of driving while intoxicated was actually doing so at the time of the crash. Fortunately, the man is guaranteed the presumption of innocence regarding the charges he is facing, along with the right to refute those charges in court. After a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding his arrest and the proposed evidence to be offered by prosecutors in court, he and his criminal defense team can determine how best to proceed in this case.
Source: wboc.com, "Bishopville Man Arrested for DUI and Collision in Berlin", , June 27, 2014