When a Utah resident is involved in a single-car accident, one of the questions that most law enforcement officials ask is whether the driver was impaired. As part of the investigation into the crash, field sobriety tests could be administered if the driver is not seriously injured. If the individual appears to fail those tests, he or she could end up facing charges for DUI.
One Utah man recently ended up in jail on suspicion of driving under the influence after he lost control of his pickup truck. When he did, it flipped over. When officers arrived at the scene, they claim to have reason to believe that the man was impaired. Reports indicate that he failed a field sobriety test, which is why he was taken into custody.
His son was also in the pickup at the time of the crash and, like his father, only suffered minor injuries. Fortunately, neither of them needed to be taken to the hospital. The boy’s mother came to the scene to pick her son up. Preliminary reports regarding the accident claim that the man was speeding before he lost control.
Before he can be officially charged with DUI, it will need to be determined whether the man was, in fact, intoxicated when the accident occurred. Therefore, it would be a good idea for him to have criminal defense counsel available to ensure that his rights are protected as the investigation proceeds. If it turns out that he will be facing charges for DUI, a defense can then be prepared.
Source: fox13now.com, “Father jailed for alleged DUI after crashing car with child inside“, Mark Green, May 15, 2016