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Accident leads to DUI charges for California man

The aftermath of a serious motor vehicle accident has the potential to leave a person somewhat shaken up and disoriented. While this might be a normal reaction to such an incident, in some cases, one's behavior could lead authorities to suspect the presence of impairment. A 70-year-old man has been arrested and accused of DUI after authorities claim he began to show signs of intoxication following a recent collision in California.

According to reports, the accident occurred at around 8:45 p.m. on a recent Friday. Authorities state the man was traveling south in his truck when he suddenly collided with a parked car. The force of the initial impact reportedly forced the car into a lane of traffic and caused his truck to turn over onto its side. Upon responding to the scene, emergency officials assert the man was trapped inside his vehicle and they were forced to extract him.

After rescuing the man, authorities claim to have noticed that he was exhibiting signs of intoxication. No information was provided as to how they came to suspect impairment, and it remains unclear if field sobriety or breath tests were performed. However, he was taken into custody soon thereafter on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Individuals in California who are accused of DUI following such an incident may be uncertain of their legal rights. Fortunately, a person has the right to retain the services of an attorney for assistance in navigating the criminal justice system. An attorney can advise a client of the options available and provide guidance on the best course of action to take during subsequent legal proceedings.

Source: Petaluma, CA Patch, "Suspected DUI Arrest Follows Collision In Petaluma", Susan C. Schena, Feb. 3, 2018

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