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Police charge man with DUI after he allegedly fled wreck

Authorities in California arrested a man on the suspicion of driving while under the influence after they say he caused not one but two different accidents. Although he was not actually in his vehicle when the second accident took place, he is still being charged with a felony DUI. One person died in the second wreck. The specific reasoning behind the elevated criminal charge was not reported.

The first wreck was actually a single-vehicle wreck that only involved the driver and his passenger. Shortly after 4 a.m., police reported that he appeared to lose control of his vehicle when it veered out of his lane and struck multiple off-road objects, including a pole. The accident occurred near an on-ramp for Interstate-5, and the driver allegedly exited his vehicle and ran onto the roadway. 

A pickup apparently swerved when the driver behind the wheel spotted the man and ultimately caused several other cars to wreck. At least two people were injured in that secondary wreck caused by the swerving truck. One motorist was killed, and police closed down the Interstate for a brief period to clear the roadway. 

Although he has been charged with a felony DUI, it is not clear what the man's BAC was at the time of the wreck or if police asked him to submit to any field sobriety tests. A solid legal foundation is often key to handling criminal charges in the most appropriate way possible, and California defendants can typically form one alongside their counsel. With jail time and costly fines some of the potential consequences of a DUI conviction, doing so early on can be especially helpful.

Source: kcra.com, "CHP: 1 arrested, accused of DUI in deadly crash on I-5", Sarah Heise, June 5, 2015

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