There are several inciting events which could lead to a drunk driving charge. Sometimes it is a taillight that is out. Other times, it could be an expired license plate tab. Frequently, a moving violation alerts the police to a potential drunk driving situation.
Recently a 22-year-old man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, appeared in court to answer charges of speeding and two counts of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and causing serious injury, which is typically a felony DUI. According to news sources, his attorney has asked for more time to review the investigation and toxicology tests. The alleged drunk driving accident occurred in November.
According to news reports, the 22-year-old was speeding on 28th Street SE in Grand Rapids when he crossed the center line and ran into a 28-year-old man from Wyoming. The 28-year-old was taken to Saint Mary's Health Care with several broken bones and internal injuries. His current condition was not mentioned, but he is assumed to have recovered.
The 22-year-old and his passenger were both ejected from the speeding car, and suffered serious head and internal injuries. The accident took place at 2:15 a.m.
When someone is injured in a car accident and taken to a hospital for treatment, one of the standard procedures in many hospitals is a blood test. If the 22-year-old had head injuries, he may have had a blood test at the hospital rather than a field sobriety test. The amount of time that lapsed between the car accident and the blood test was not mentioned.
The 22-year-old was released on his own recognizance. A blood alcohol concentration level was not reported, however, a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher is considered over the limit.
If you're facing felony charges, it is imperative that you retain an experienced defense attorney who can protect your interests and present a solid defense.
Source: mLIVE, "Man accused of drunk driving on 28th Street causing injury appears in court," Barton Deiters, June 11, 2012