Motor vehicle accidents can occur at any given moment, and in many cases, authorities will come out to perform an investigation. Should the collision occur under suspicious circumstances, responding officers may be more prone to suspect the presence of wrongdoing. An off-duty police officer has recently been arrested and accused of drunk driving after allegedly hitting several cars in Minnesota.
According to reports, the incident occurred on a recent Monday, when the man allegedly struck several vehicles while driving his pickup truck. Upon arriving at the scene, a state trooper claims the man was still sitting behind the wheel of the vehicle. The trooper also asserts that he was exhibiting signs of intoxication and states that, upon being questioned, the man admitted to consuming alcohol prior to operating the vehicle.
He was taken into custody soon thereafter, and a subsequent breath test allegedly indicated his blood alcohol content to be well over the legal limit to drive. According to reports, this would be his first drunk driving offense if a conviction is obtained. However, even a first offense for a similar crime carries severe consequences, and if convicted, he could experience trouble obtaining employment within a similar field in the future.
Individuals who are accused of drunk driving may find it advisable to seek counsel before responding to the allegations. By consulting a defense attorney, an individual in Minnesota could obtain guidance in making informed decisions throughout the process. An attorney can thoroughly evaluate the situation and provide a client with advice on the best course of action to take during subsequent court proceedings.
Source: wctrib.com, “Off-duty Minn. police officer charged with DUI after six cars damaged in crash,” S. M. Chavey and Mara H. Gottfried, Nov. 20, 2017