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Man charged with drunk driving after fluid leads police to him

A 32-year-old man is facing a DUI charge after a fluid trail from a crash site led police to him. The Tennessee resident and facilities manager of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration was charged with drunk driving and operating a motor vehicle without a license. The authorities allegedly found his vehicle, which was involved in a hit and run, in the maintenance shop of the horse celebration grounds. A trail of fluid leaking from the vehicle made the search easy.

The arresting officer said he smelled alcohol on the accused and knew the accused didn't have a driver's license because of prior DUI convictions. The officer said he administered field sobriety tests, which the accused allegedly failed. The accused apparently refused to submit to a blood alcohol test, but the officer got a warrant to test the man's blood.

The man was charged with his fourth DUI. He was also charged with driving as a habitual motor vehicle offender and with a violation of the implied consent law. He was held on an $18,000 bond.

When Tennessee residents are charged with drunk driving, obtaining legal counsel may help them to fight the serious charges. An attorney can assess whether any tests -- such as field sobriety or blood alcohol tests -- were administered properly. A conviction for a DUI charge will result in serious penalties and consequences. Any legal or factual issues identified can be raised in court, and a successful motion to exclude tainted evidence could result in charges being reduced or dismissed entirely.

Source: t-g.com, "Local News: Trail of fluid from crash leads police to DUI suspect", David Melson, April 11, 2018

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