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Drunk driving arrest leads to catalog of criminal charges

Drunk driving can be a very hazardous activity in many ways. It can cause death or physical injury and lead to an extensive string of criminal charges against the driver. A recent DUI case in Scranton shows how drunk driving, even if a death is not involved, can result in a long list of drunk driving charges against the driver.

The incident began when a Scranton man driving a Honda Civic lost control of his car and collided with a Chevrolet Impala at about 9:40 p.m. A witness said that the driver of the Honda fled the scene on foot, leaving a person in his car with a fractured femur and possible head injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet was also injured. Both required hospitalization.

Meanwhile, the fleeing driver allegedly went home and told his wife what had happened. The wife went to the crash scene and approached one of the police officers who was waiting for tow trucks to arrive. She told the officers what she had supposedly learned from her husband about the cause and sequence of the accident.

The police ultimately arrested the man at his residence and charged him with driving without a license, driving without insurance and driving under the influence of alcohol. He was incarcerated at Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Like all other criminal defendants, this man is entitled to be presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In such cases, seeking the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney can be helpful. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide an overview of the case and the legal rules that apply to it, potential legal strategies and an evaluation of the chances of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an outright acquittal.

Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, "Police: Drunken Man Fled Crash in Scranton," Joseph Kohut, Dec. 22, 2015

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