Just before 6 o’clock in the morning, police received a call that there was a possible hit-and-run accident. When police arrived on the scene, they allegedly noticed a vehicle’s bumper with its license plate still attached. Along with the bumper, they also claim to have seen a “noticeable debris trail” leading away from the scene of the accident.
Had the couple in the other vehicle spoken with police regarding the vehicle that had hit them? Did the police ask if the other driver had stopped to see if they were okay? Had the other driver explained why they needed to leave the scene of the crash?
There were many unanswered questions leading up to then moment when police allegedly followed the trail of debris to a nearby apartment building six hours later. According to police reports, officers found the vehicle abandoned in front of the apartment building. After running the license plate found at the scene, they apparently traced it to this particular building.
Police arrested the owner of the vehicle, who was home when police arrived, and charged him with reckless driving and hit-and-run. He was also cited for a DUI.
Some people wonder if the man really was responsible for the accident, pointing out that police found the car “abandoned” in front of the apartment building. Some have suggested that his car could have been stolen or used by someone he may have known; someone else could have been responsible for the accident, not him.
Also, because police claim to have discovered the suspected hit-and-run vehicle almost six hours later, many people are wondering how they can prove that he was drunk at the time of the accident. Some have offered the possibility that, if he was involved in the accident, that he may have fled the scene out of panic and had a drink when he got home.
In situations such as this, getting advice from a criminal defense attorney can help protect a person’s rights and prevent wrongful accusations from turning into convictions.
Source: NBC News, “DUII suspect leaves trail after hit-and-run,” Jeff Thompson, Oct. 8, 2012