In New York and in states across the nation, authorities will stop a driver or question a driver after an accident if they suspect that driver is under the influence. When this occurs, drivers are often asked to complete a battery of tests. Depending on the results or the officer’s suspicion, a driver might be asked to submit to a blood alcohol test. Following this step, a driver could be arrested for a DWI and could face serious penalties if convicted.
A suspected drunk driving accident recently occurred at the headquarters of the New York City Police Department at One Police Plaza in Manhattan. The crash happened around 7 a.m. when the suspect driver attempted to piggyback behind another vehicle in order to get through a security checkpoint. The driver then allegedly sped to the next checkpoint, but officers already shut it down after they were aware of the speeding driver. A barrier was put down, and in an attempt to surmount it, the driver supposedly slammed into the barrier.
The driver was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries and he was later arrested on suspicion of DWI. Authorities are still investigating the incident. The blood alcohol content of the driver was not reported, and authorities said they were still unsure of the driver’s intent in entering the NYPD headquarters.
When a driver is suspected of a drunk driving accident, it is important that they understand the charges. This will help the defense to investigate the situation further and will assist during discovery. The driver should also take note of the procedure the police used during the arrest. If he was unlawfully arrested or a piece of evidence was unlawfully taken, some evidence could be ruled inadmissible or some charges could even be dropped.
Any driver involved in an accident or suspected of drunk driving should understand they have the opportunity to defend themselves. They should seek to devise a defense strategy and consult with a legal profession to ensure their interests are served and their rights are protected.
Source: AllMediaNY, “Drunk Driver Crashes into NYPD Headquarters,” Samantha Wilson, May 16, 2014