People in a city here in Utah began making calls to the local police department after witnessing a man acting strangely. By the time police located the vehicle in question, it had smashed into the garage of a home in the area. The driver was taken into custody for driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a controlled substance and criminal mischief, along with fleeing the scene of a crash.
When impairment is suspected in an accident here in Utah, the driver suspected of driving under the influence could face serious charges. If the crash resulted in the serious injury or death of anyone involved, the charges could be upgraded to felony DUI. If that happens, the potential penalties could be much more severe.
Sadly, an 8-year-old Utah boy lost his life in a traffic accident just one day after his birthday. The story of how he died, however, is currently subject to controversy. The question is whether his death was the result of a DUI, or if it was just a tragic accident.
Local authorities recently responded to the scene of a car accident involving a single vehicle. The occupants of the SUV could not be readily located, but were apparently found a short time later. The Utah Highway Patrol took the driver into custody on suspicion of DUI.
A woman who drives a school bus for a Utah school district was recently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. She could be facing charges for DUI once the official investigation is completed. Furthermore, the school district for which she works is conducting its own internal investigation, which means that the woman could also lose her job.
Recently, police responded to reports of a single car accident near Dixie State University here in Utah. Upon arrival, they discovered a wrecked car and its driver. The driver allegedly fled the scene and, upon his capture, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and other charges.
Many fatal crashes that occur here in Utah are ruled accidents, and the at-fault party or parties do not face prison time for their actions. However, when crashes are DUI-related, criminal charges are often filed since these are considered to be preventable accidents and driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is against the law. Due to this fact, the charges could include vehicular homicide, DUI and any other criminal offense that might be connected to the accident.
Shortly before 11 p.m. on a recent Tuesday, the Utah Highway Patrol received information about a vehicle on State Route 73 that appeared to be driving recklessly. When the trooper caught up with the vehicle believed to be the one in question and stopped the car, it was on Route 36. It was suspected that the driver could be impaired, and the trooper initiated DUI charges when he filed a citation with the court. Those charges were recently dismissed until all of the evidence is gathered and prosecutors can review the case for other charges in addition to a possible DUI.
According to police reports, a man died after he fell from the hood of an accelerating vehicle back in May 2015. His friend, who was driving at the time, was arrested on numerous charges, including vehicular homicide. In Oct. 2015, the Utah man pleaded guilty to certain crimes in connection with this DUI-related death as part of a plea bargain. Recently, he was sentenced in accordance with that deal.
When an individual is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, he or she has the right to review all of the evidence and records in the possession of Utah prosecutors that pertain to the arrest. Under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, law enforcement officials must have probable cause to conduct a search and/or to seize property. This means that any good DUI defense starts by examining the traffic stop.