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California minor arrested on DUI allegations

A California teen was taken into police custody following a fatal, one-vehicle wreck. The 18-year-old is facing allegations of driving under the influence and of possible vehicular manslaughter. The potential implications of a DUI and other charges on a young person's life can be quite profound, putting this young man in what is likely a difficult position.

The wreck occurred at approximately 11 p.m., when police say the driver was likely traveling at a high rate of speed. It is believed that the driver struck a crest, which caused one of the vehicle's tires to blow out. At that point, he apparently lost control and the vehicle flipped. The car continued to slide on its roof until it rolled down an embankment and landed right-side up. At some point, the passenger -- who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time -- was thrown from the vehicle.

Both the driver and his passenger were transported to the hospital, where the passenger later died. The driver suffered only minor injuries as he was wearing his seatbelt. Police say they determined that the driver might have been operating under the influence of alcohol and arrested him.

Drunk driving offenses are quite serious, and the consequences can be severe. Not only do most defendants charged with a DUI temporarily lose their driving privileges, but a conviction can impact future education and employment options. This can be quite troubling for minors who have yet to actually get a start on their future. Still, most California defendants find that they can best handle their DUI allegations through one of two ways -- either by negotiating a plea deal with the prosecution or by fighting the charges throughout trial court proceedings.

Source:, "Ceres teen suspected of DUI in fatal crash south of Modesto", Erin Tracy, April 1, 2016

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