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Tennessee wrong-way driver facing drunk driving charge

A man out on bond on charges involving the deaths of two women was recently arrested for crashing his vehicle while driving the wrong way for a second time. The Tennessee resident -- who is facing 18 charges including drunk driving -- was arrested in 2015 for a similar incident in which two women lost their lives. The accused has also been charged with felony reckless endangerment with a vehicle, simple possession of a schedule IV substance, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

The accused, who is being held on a bond of more that $153,000, had been out on bond waiting for trail on charges stemming from a crash in 2015 that killed two women and seriously injured a third. He was indicted at that time on several counts, including aggravated vehicular homicide. He was freed on a $500,000 bond. Separately, he was apparently convicted in 1991 and 1996 of DUI.

In these recent incidents, the accused allegedly crashed his vehicle into others twice. He reportedly left the scene of the first crash to then crash into another vehicle, at which time his truck caught fire. The accused was pulled from his vehicle by a passerby. He was taken to hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Being accused of drunk driving is serious business. A conviction of such a crime in Tennessee is potentially life-changing and can mean loss of freedom and reputation. Getting legal counsel to fight such a charge may be one of the wisest decisions those charged can do for their defense. The case as presented by the authorities may not always be as strong as they make it out to be, and with an experienced legal defense team, drunk driving charges might not hold up in court.

Source: wbir.com, "KPD: Driver in two wrong-way I-640 crashes arrested on 18 charges, including DUI", April 24, 2018

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