When we think of DWI in the traditional sense, we usually picture someone who was pulled over after having “one too many” at their favorite bar. But, sometimes a DWI case isn’t that simple.
When you are in the business of DWI defense you tend to hear about some unusual DWI stories. There was a bizarre story that came out of Rhode Island recently. Police arrested a man (we’ll call him John Doe) from Cumberland, RI for DWI 4 separate times within a 30 hour period.
Mr. Doe, a 53-year-old general contractor, was first arrested after crashing his Dodge pickup into an SUV in Providence, RI. Two children were injured in the crash. Mr. Doe was released with a summons for driving under the influence.
The next morning, Mr. Doe was arrested again after he rear-ended another vehicle while driving a Chevy Malibu in Cumberland, RI. He submitted to a breathalyzer test. His blood alcohol level was reported to be 0.220, nearly 3 times the legal limit of 0.08. Mr. Doe was charged with drunk driving and released to his parents.
Within a few hours of being released for his second offense, Mr. Doe was arrested a third time. This time he was stopped in Cumberland after he was spotted driving a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda erratically. He was taken to Landmark Medical Center where he submitted to a blood test. He was released into hospital custody.
His final arrest came after he left Landmark Medical Center. Mr. Doe got behind the wheel of a dump truck that he owned, which he crashed into a tree. He was taken back to the same hospital for treatment of minor injuries he sustained during the accident, as well as another blood test. This time, he was held for court.
In all, Mr. Doe faced numerous charges including reckless driving, refusing a breathalyzer, driving while under the influence, and no evidence of insurance.
This story goes to show that not all DWI cases are so straight forward. DWI is a serious matter. Each offense carries serious penalties. Whether your case is straight forward or complex, like Mr. Doe’s, the right lawyer can make all the difference in your defense. If you are charged with a DWI in Mecklenburg County, don’t pick up the keys to another vehicle, pick up the phone and contact us.
We would like to wish all of our readers and clients a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving. If you are traveling this week, please be careful. If you are ticketed while driving in North Carolina or involved in a car accident, contact us to discuss your legal options.
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