Man charged with DUI following injury accident

Alleged drunken driving resulted in a recent two-vehicle injury crash in California. The person believed to have been driving while impaired was arrested and now faces charges of DUI causing injuries with a blood alcohol content over .08 percent. The accident took place on a Saturday night.

A 22-year-old man was driving a car north on a street at about 8:30 p.m. and was nearing an intersection. According to police, the vehicle was weaving because the driver was apparently intoxicated. This vehicle then hit a southbound car that was driven by a 39-year-old man.

Both of the vehicles were extensively damaged. The driver of the car that was reportedly hit suffered major injuries and was taken to the hospital. Meanwhile, his 31-year-old passenger suffered moderate injuries and was also taken to the hospital. All of the parties had their safety belts engaged. The driver of the first car suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital and then to jail. He faces DUI charges and probation violation allegations.

California prosecutors have the burden of proving DUI charges beyond a reasonable doubt before a criminal conviction is possible. This standard is in place in order to protect innocent people from being convicted. DUI convictions are serious because insurance companies and employers view them negatively and also because they can lead to penalties such as jail time, a suspended license, fines and court costs. The criminal defense may challenge the accuracy of a field sobriety test and/or breath test while pursuing a favorable result that is in the best interests of the client.

Source: sonomanews.com, "Saturday wreck sends 2 to hospital, 1 to jail", Christian Kallen, June 8, 2015

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