Atlanta, Ga. - A driver that was allegedly under the influence died after a high-speed police chase resulted in a crash.
Officers attempted to pull the driver initially because he was driving his vehicle against the curb of an entire block on Greenville Street in Coweta County. The driver pulled over but when the officer approached the back of the vehicle on foot, the driver sped off. This initiated the chase that stretched down Ga. 29. The chase go up to 100 MPH and the vehicle was traveling without headlights the entire time.
In order to end the chase, officers performed a PIT maneuver which led to the vehicle spinning out and off of the roadway. The man was severely injured and ended up dying en route to a local hospital.
DUI and Accidents
Accidents can involve alcohol intoxication or drug impairment whereas at other times, the accident involves a different traffic violation or a true incident of an accident.
If a car accident occurs alongside a DUI arrest, then the accident can actually be used to support the DUI charge. The accident itself may in fact demonstrate that the accused driver was less safe to drive.
Penalties for DUI in Georgia are serious. However, when an accident is involved, the penalties are further exacerbated. This is especially true if there are injuries property damage.
There is also the risk of other charges if you get into an accident while accused of DUI. This can also heighten the penalties including a lengthier suspension of an accused driver's Georgia Driver's License.
Not every DUI accident results in a fatality or serious injury, but it is very common. If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI - contact our offices now.