After responding to a single vehicle accident recently, the Utah Highway Patrol recently reminded the public to wear their seat belts and not to let a friend drive drunk. When troopers arrived, they began to suspect that the driver may have been intoxicated. He was placed under arrest on suspicion of DUI.
Troopers with the Utah Highway Patrol were called to the scene of the accident, which took place on Interstate 15, at approximately 2:20 a.m. When they arrived, it was surmised that the vehicle had somehow drifted off the road and smashed into a crash attenuator located in front of the concrete barrier at the beginning of an off-ramp. The 27-year-old driver and 20-year-old passenger were both transported to hospitals in the area and are considered to be in fair condition.
Troopers allegedly discovered undisclosed evidence that the driver may have been drinking prior to getting behind the wheel of the now-wrecked pickup truck. Regardless of what they may have found, prosecutors will need to be given enough evidence to make a case in court. This means that the driver's guilt will need to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law before he will face any potential criminal penalties.
Since everyone is guaranteed the right to be presumed innocent, it is incumbent on the state prosecutors to prove otherwise using legally obtained evidence that must meet the strict burden of proof subscribed by law. If a person is accused of a crime, ranging from DUI to first-degree murder, they still have certain specific rights that must be protected from the moment they encounter law enforcement officers. Any violation of those rights could mean a dismissal of the charges.
Source: fox13now.com, "Two taken to hospital after crash on I-15; driver booked on suspicion of DUI", Mark Green, Oct. 4, 2015