Tennessee officials responded to a report concerning a hit-and-run accident. The man whom police eventually charged is alleged to have a failed sobriety test along with exhibiting signs of possible inebriation. Supposedly, this driver has a prior history of DUI convictions.
The incident reportedly occurred shortly before 3 a.m. on a recent Saturday. A bystander apparently witnessed a man driving a passenger car hit a truck parked on a local street. Police then began to look for a vehicle matching the description given by the bystander.
The accused man allegedly left the scene after his vehicle hit the parked car and without reporting the incident as required by law. The 30-year-old man then is alleged to have acknowledged that he was driving the car. According to police accounts, the man appeared to be under the influence of intoxicating substances, and he could not successfully complete sobriety tests conducted on scene. The specifics of those tests, however, were not reported.
Tennessee police conducted a background check on the man's license and reported that he has two prior DUI convictions, in 2006 and 2009. He was charged with a DUI third offense and unlawfully leaving the scene of an accident. The man is entitled to a thorough review of the facts in the case and to challenge the validity of the supposedly failed sobriety test. He and his defense counsel may likewise seek to have any statements he allegedly made ruled inadmissible should it become apparent that his legal rights were infringed upon. A third conviction within 10 years carries severe penalties and fines, and it would understandably be in the man's best interest to focus on protecting his legal rights while achieving a favorable result.
Source: wgnsradio.com, "DUI Number 3 and leaving the scene of an accident", , Sept. 30, 2014