Man charged with DUI after knocking down utility pole

A man who police believed to be drunk caused a single-car accident recently in California. The alleged DUI accident occurred on a Tuesday. It happened during the early morning hours on an avenue off-ramp.

The car accident happened at a little before 3:30 a.m. as the man was going east along Interstate 10. According to police, the man was driving and suddenly collided with a utility pole. The collision caused the pole to fall down.

As a result of the collision, which caused live electrical wires to lie in the road, police had to block the exit. However, no power outages were reported as a result of this crash. Police arrested the man on suspicion of DUI.

A person accused of DUI may decide to proceed to trial if he or she believes this is in his or her best interest. At trial, prosecutors have to prove the individual's charges by appropriate evidence beyond a reasonable doubt before a criminal conviction can be secured. This standard exists in an effort to prevent innocent people from being convicted and sentenced for crimes they did not commit. In some cases, the weight of the prosecution's evidence points to the need to try to negotiate for a plea deal, which might lead to reduced charges and thus a lighter sentence from the California court. The criminal defense will pursue an outcome that is in the client's best interest while also striving to make sure that all of the defendant's relevant legal rights are honored during all stages of the legal proceedings.

Source: Baldwin Park, CA, Patch, "Suspected Drunk Driver Downs Power Pole in Baldwin Park", Ashley Ludwig, Nov. 1, 2016

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