Man flees scene, faces drunk driving charges in Maryland

On behalf of Jack B. Rubin, PA posted in Drunk Driving on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

When a person has had a little too much to drink, he or she may end up doing something which one would not normally do. This could be why one man is said to have fled the scene of an accident in Maryland. The man was eventually apprehended by the authorities and now faces a drunk driving charge.

The incident involved a 31-year-old man who is now facing various criminal charges, aside from drunk driving. Just before 8 p.m. one evening in early July, a 31-year-old driver somehow drifted into an adjacent lane and crashed into another vehicle. Apparently, the man had clipped the other vehicle head-on, causing the other vehicle to spin out and almost hit a large tree and telephone pole.

The man driving the first vehicle reportedly ran from the scene into the nearby woods. The passengers in the first car also fled the scene while ignoring witnesses that were trying to offer assistance. The police claim that the man had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol when they arrested him. The man also had an open beer bottle in the back of his vehicle, according to documents filed with the court.

Along with drunk driving, the man is also being charged with reckless driving, driving without a license and failing to provide license upon demand. He also faces other criminal offenses. Nevertheless, the defendant has a right to challenge the accusations against him in a Maryland criminal courtroom. Being accused of wrongdoing is a far cry from a criminal conviction, and the burden of proof rests squarely with prosecutors. Unless they are able to meet that burden with competent and relevant proof of guilt, no conviction is permissible.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, “Darlington man accused of drunk driving, fleeing accident after crash in Street on Sunday“, Bryna Zumer, July 3, 2014

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