Michigan authorities take drunk driving very seriously. Police patrols know how to spot any possible signs that a driver may be operating a vehicle while impaired. Similarly, DUI and other potential charges can result if an accident happens on Michigan roads and police suspect it is attributable to drinking and driving. Sometimes drivers involved in an accident are charged with a DUI, even if they thought that they had not consumed enough to be in violation of state laws.
Michigan police are currently investigating the cause of an accident that occurred on March 11. Reports state that a car was heading southbound on Ridge Highway near Welch Road during the early evening hours. Unexpectedly, the driver crossed the center line as he drove and struck an oncoming car. The accident resulted in injuries to both the driver and passenger in the car that was hit.
Police say alcohol was likely involved in the accident. At the scene a blood alcohol test was given using the breath test method. The results showed that the driver had a blood alcohol level of 0.163. This is more than twice the Michigan legal limit of 0.08.
As a result of the accident and the blood alcohol tests, the suspected drunk driver was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and driving left of center. Like all individuals suspected of drunk driving or facing DUI charges, the driver in this accident will be entitled to present a full defense. It’s not unheard of for breath tests to be inaccurate, and sometimes police do not follow proper protocol on field sobriety tests. By carefully reviewing all of the evidence, strong defenses can be built to challenge DUI charges.
Source: The Daily Telegram, “Deputies: Alcohol a factor in Ridge Highway crash that injures three,” March 13, 2012