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California man faces DUI charges after fatal crash with officer

It is never a good thing to be arrested for driving under the influence. However, it can be even worse when one is arrested on DUI charges after crashing into a police car and killing a police officer. Unfortunately, one driver has found himself in this situation after a recent fatal car crash with a patrol car. The man is now facing DUI charges as a result of the wreck in Southern California.

The incident happened sometime after 2 a.m. in early November when the man was driving eastbound on a roadway. For some reason, the man ended up driving through a red light. This resulted in his car crashing into the side of a patrol car. The impact caused the police cruiser to spin out of control and smash into a traffic signal.

The car driven by the suspected drunk driver continued off the road and over a dirt embankment. The vehicle ended up crashing in a field. The 27-year-old alleged drunk driver received medical treatment for minor injuries at a local medical facility. The police officer driving the patrol car eventually died from the massive injuries he sustained in the deadly crash.

Along with felony DUI, the suspected drunk driver was also arrested for vehicular manslaughter. The suspect will now have to face these charges in a court of law in California. While there could be various legal defense strategies available to the defendant to utilize, the most effective legal defense strategy will depend on the specific facts of the case.

Source: NBC Los Angeles, "Officer Killed in Crash 'Loved Every Person'", Gadi Schwartz, November 5, 2015

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