An accident that requires a police presence and intervention can lead to charges for those involved if responding authorities suspect someone involved is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Recently in Tennessee, police responded to an accident where a car hit a house. DUI charges followed for the driver suspected to be behind the wheel.
The incident unfolded on a Thursday morning. A car came crashing through a home. It hit the garage part of the home and pushed a car inside the garage into the dining room of the home. The ceiling collapsed in that portion of the home. Three people were inside, but no injuries were reported.
When the people in the home investigated what happened, the car was empty. As police were on the scene, a man came and said his car was stolen. The police say that the man had an injury consistent with the accident and also showed signs of impairment. He had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and also reportedly smelled like alcohol.
The man now faces DUI charges as a result of actions at the scene. While it was reported why police suspect intoxication, there was no report of actual tests or evidence of intoxication. If the charges against the man hinge on a blood test, breath test or a field sobriety test, legal counsel familiar with Tennessee DUI laws may be able to analyze that evidence and work to minimize the impact on a case or have such evidence discredited based on a number of reasons.
Source: wreg.com, "Man charged with DUI after crashing into Memphis home", George Brown, Dec. 10, 2015