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Possible DUI charges following hit-and-run with police car

Washtenaw County residents charged with drinking and driving face harsh penalties. Even so, it is important to remember that a DUI accusation is not the same as a DUI conviction. A 23-year-old Washtenaw County man is facing these potential charges after allegedly being involved in a hit-and-run with a police vehicle.

The crash occurred in Ann Arbor on Nov. 19 between 2:15 a.m. and 2:40 a.m. A command officer with the police department had reportedly parked his police vehicle outside his home at approximately 2:15 a.m. Soon after, he reportedly heard a loud bang, and found damage to the patrol car moments later.

When the officer checked his police vehicle, he reportedly found damage to the driver's side rear quarter panel as well as a broken turn signal. There was debris found on the street, which the police officer reported as debris from the vehicle that he believed struck the police car. Less than two hours later, another officer found a vehicle parked in the 14000 block of Stoneham that reportedly had "fresh damage." The mirror debris outside the command officer's home apparently matched the missing mirror on the found vehicle.

A woman answered the door to police. She stated her 23-year-old son had been driving the car. When the police spoke to him, he admitted to dozing off and hitting a parked car, but he said he was not aware that it was a police car. Police reported that he had glassy eyes and slurred speech and smelled like alcohol. The man insisted that he had not consumed alcohol that evening. He was initially arrested for leaving the scene of a private damage accident.

When he was at the police station, he acknowledged that he had been drinking and that his last drink was at approximately 10 p.m. A Breathalyzer report revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.09 percent. Anyone found driving over the legal limit of 0.08 percent may face DUI charges. However, reports did not indicate if he was charged with DUI. In a case like this, it may be beneficial to seek experienced legal advice in order to further protect your freedom.

Source: The News-Herald, "Parked police vehicle is damaged on street," Jim Kasuba, Dec. 6, 2011

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