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.
A recent accident involving a police officer resulted in a DUI arrest for both a driver and his passenger. Around 6:30 one evening, the 44-year-old driver of an SUV allegedly crossed the center line and collided head-on with a patrol car. The 31-year-old police officer had been on routine patrol in the area when the accident occurred.
The officer was transported to a local medical center and was reported to be in serious condition suffering from numerous broken bones. The driver of the SUV was also taken to a nearby hospital, treated and released. Upon his release, police arrested him for DUI and vehicular assault. The 30-year-old passenger, who owned the SUV, was also arrested for DUI. In Tennessee, if a vehicle owner allows someone to drive the vehicle while intoxicated, the owner may also face the same charges as the driver.
Both the driver and passenger in this incident may be especially concerned because of the involvement and injuries of a police officer. Facing felony charges is nothing to take lightly, and those in similar circumstances will certainly want every legal advantage. Obtaining the representation of an attorney with experience in defending drunk driving charges may be in the best interests of any facing those charges.
Source: newschannel5.com, "Officer Recovering; Hit By Suspected Drunk Driver", Aug. 10, 2017