At approximately 1:48 a.m. on a recent Tuesday morning, someone called the police to inform them that an accident had occurred. When they arrived at the location, they discovered a car had run into a building. While police were still investigating the scene, a man residing in Maryland arrived who subsequently ended up being arrested for DUI and failing to remain with the now-wrecked vehicle, which police believe he was driving that morning.
Fortunately, it does not appear that anyone was seriously injured in the incident. The caller — who was not identified — indicated that after the car ran into the building, the driver exited the vehicle and left the area in another vehicle. It is not known whether the person who made the call remained at the scene until police arrived. Further, how police determined that the man taken into custody was the driver of the wrecked vehicle was not released.
Before Maryland prosecutors can proceed with a case against the 20-year-old, it will first be necessary to place him behind the wheel of the car that struck the building. If whatever evidence gathered during the investigation leaves reasonable doubt that he was driving that morning, the charges cannot stand. It is not a crime to be intoxicated, and if it cannot be proven that he was driving, the fact that he had been drinking would be irrelevant.
Being arrested on suspicion of DUI can be a frightening experience. The impact of a conviction on someone's life can be long lasting. Fortunately, everyone is afforded the right of being presumed innocent of any charges until and unless guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt in court.
Source: wusa9.com, "DUI charge for 20-year-old who drove car into building", , Aug. 5, 2014