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Drunk driving charges for man who hit police car

When a Tennessee driver is involved in an accident, he or she can usually expect to face many consequences and complications. There will likely be the bother of car repairs and higher insurance rates, which may seem pale if someone is injured in the crash. Perhaps complicating the situation even more is when the injured party is a police officer. One man is charged with drunk driving after an accident involving a patrol car.

Man charged with drunk driving and child endangerment

Because of the potential dangers involved when a driver is impaired, the courts in Tennessee and other states typically impose harsher penalties after a conviction if children were involved in a DUI incident. In fact, in some situations, a simple DUI can quickly become a felony if a minor was in the vehicle. One local man was fortunate to have avoided an accident, but he now faces drunk driving charges complicated by the presence of his child in the vehicle.

Driver and passenger face drunk driving charges after accident

Tennessee is one of the strictest states when it comes to dealing with impaired drivers. Drunk driving penalties are harsh, and law enforcement officers takes seriously their duty to prevent innocent drivers from becoming victims of DUI accidents. After being involved in an accident, if a driver has a DUI attached to any other charges, that driver may face an uncertain future. Additionally, there are situations where a passenger may share that uncertainty.

Drunk driving arrest complicated by presence of a minor

A conviction for DUI may carry penalties that can affect a person's life for years. If the offense is not the driver's first, those penalties may be even more serious. However, facing a drunk driving charge with a minor in the vehicle will certainly lead to enhanced penalties if the driver is convicted. One Tennessee man is facing such a situation after a recent traffic incident.

Drunk driving is only one way to get charged with DUI

In Tennessee, driving while impaired is not limited to offenses related to alcohol. Drunk driving is only one way in which a driver can be considered impaired, however the standards for proving impairment may be questionable no matter what the suspected intoxicant may be. A recent accident involving a pedestrian has one man defending himself against accusations of misusing prescription drugs before driving.

Drunk driving conviction no longer means trash pickup

When people consider possible penalties for DUI, most probably think of fines, jail time or license suspension. However, many people in Tennessee may also be aware of the community service that was a mandatory consequence for a drunk driving conviction. This penalty served the two-fold purpose of providing the person convicted with an alternative to jail while fulfilling a need in the community.

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