A 32-year-old driver is facing criminal charges after he reportedly struck
a marked police cruiser in Prince George’s County. The man is accused
of smashing into the vehicle during the early morning hours on Dec. 13.
Authorities report that the driver is facing
DWI allegations, as his blood alcohol content apparently measured at twice
the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Officials say that the man was driving north on Baltimore Avenue in Laurel
when he attempted to pass another vehicle. Instead of passing clearly,
however, he smashed into the police cruiser. The front of that vehicle
was shown completely caved-in during recent news reports. It is not clear
whether the collision was head-on, but it was severe enough to send the
officer to the hospital with minor injuries. That officer has already
been released from the medical facilities.
Defendants facing a DUI charge – even those defendants who have struck
marked police cars – do have legal rights throughout their courtroom
procedures. In most instances, the law requires that those facing drunk
driving charges must be released within a reasonable amount of time so
that they can obtain an independent blood or breath sample to use during
their criminal defense.
Further, an arrest for drunk driving charges does not automatically indicate
guilt. Those drivers who are facing allegations of operating under the
influence may seek a plea agreement or choose to pursue a jury trial.
No matter the nature of the DUI charges they face, drunk driving defendants
may benefit from the assistance of a qualified criminal defense attorney.
These professionals can educate their clients about their legal options
from plea to sentencing, and even beyond.
Source: Washington Post, “Man who slammed into Prince George’s police car faces DUI charges,
police say” Lynh Bui, Dec. 13, 2013