A Tennessee man is facing criminal charges after an arrest for drunk driving in Chattanooga. He was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol after allegedly causing a car accident that resulted in the injury of three people. The man is charged with DUI, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.
According to an affidavit, the man was accused of speeding and failure to heed a stop sign. The car is said to have hit another vehicle with three people inside, and all three occupants were taken to a hospital for medical treatment. The affidavit claims that the driver of the first vehicle fled the scene, driving into oncoming traffic.
The driver was later stopped by law enforcement, and he allegedly showed signs of being intoxicated behind the wheel. It is not immediately clear what led the police to believe this individual was connected to the accident, but it is important for the driver to take steps to protect his rights. He has the right to challenge any of the evidence against him, including the validity of the traffic stop. Nevertheless, he will want to act quickly to build a defense.
DUI charges in Tennessee are serious, and a conviction can bring significant and long-reaching penalties. When facing this type of criminal charge, legal counsel can help identify what defense options are available. With the help of an experienced defense attorney, it may be possible to avoid or mitigate some of the consequences of a drunk driving charge.
Source: wdef.com, "Chattanooga man charged with DUI that injured three people", Erik Avanier, Aug. 14, 2016