Being involved in a motor vehicle collision can be a scary experience. Upon getting in an accident, the average person might be uncertain how best to respond, and the stress involved may cause a person to make decisions that are not advisable, such as fleeing the scene. Unfortunately, a recent accident involving similar circumstances in California has left a 19-year-old man accused of drunk driving.
Law enforcement agents say they received reports of the accident early on Christmas morning. Initial investigations indicate the crash took place when the driver of a car ran through a stop light and crashed into a nearby vehicle. The force of the impact caused the second vehicle to overturn, and two of its occupants were rushed to a medical facility for treatment of major injuries.
Police claim that the driver who caused the collision left the scene initially, but assert that he admitted to driving the car after showing up at the hospital with a broken ankle. While speaking with the man, authorities say that he was exhibiting signs of impairment. Although it is unclear how they came to believe he was under the influence at the time, he was taken into custody and is now facing felony drunk driving charges.
Felony drunk driving charges carry severe penalties and a conviction for similar charges can have a lingering impact on a person's life. Those who face DUI charges may be unaware of their legal rights and uncertain how best to approach the situation. Fortunately, there are attorneys that can provide a person in California with guidance in making informed decisions about his or her case and assist in forming a strong defense for use during subsequent court proceedings.