There might be a variety of scenarios in which a person could lose control of a vehicle and veer off course. In some cases, a moment of distraction can have a similar outcome, and a medical emergency can also leave a person momentarily incapable of staying on course. A recent incident in which witnesses claim a car veered onto the beach and became slightly submerged in the ocean has left a man facing DUI charges in California.
Law enforcement agents claim to have received reports of a vehicle veering off the road on a recent Sunday. According to witnesses, the man's vehicle veered onto a nearby beach and nearly struck several individuals in the process. After his vehicle came to a rest slightly submerged in the ocean, authorities assert the man attempted to flee the scene on foot.
Police say they caught up to the man shortly thereafter and assert that he was holding an open container of alcohol. No further details were provided as to how authorities came to believe the man was intoxicated at the time of the incident, and it is unclear if field sobriety or breath tests were initiated at any point. However, he was subsequently taken into custody and is reportedly facing charges for reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Upon encountering DUI charges, the average person may be unaware of his or her legal rights and uncertain how best to handle the situation. Those who face similar charges could benefit from seeking guidance from an attorney prior to formally responding to the allegations. An attorney in California can work toward protecting a client's legal rights and provide future assistance with any legal proceedings associated with the charges.