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California police arrest driver on suspicion of DUI

Lawmakers, police, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and other anti-DUI activists have pushed for the creation of stiff anti-DUI legislation. These laws mean stiff penalties -- even jail time -- for those who are arrested and convicted of the offense. The laws have also had a positive effect on improving roadway safety. However, police sometimes make a mistake in arresting and accusing drivers of DUI inappropriately.

In a recent Baldwin Park, California, DUI arrest, a man was accused of drunk driving after he crashed into a power pole. The power pole came crashing down into multiple lanes of traffic during early morning hours last Tuesday. The California Highway Patrol Officer first received news of the incident at approximately 3:30 a.m.

According to a CHPO officer, the electrical pole fell into traffic, which prompted police to block the roadway due to live electric wires. An electrical repair crew was soon dispatched from Southern California Edison to repair the downed power pole. There were no reports of any power outages caused by the incident.

On suspicion that the driver was inebriated, police arrested him. At this time, it is unknown whether the driver has obtained legal council to defend himself in this matter. However, it is important to note that just because he was accused of DUI does not mean that he will ultimately be found guilty of the offense.

It is not uncommon for California police to wrongly suspect a driver of intoxication following an unusual accident. That said, just because a driver appears to be inebriated or disoriented does not mean that he or she actually is. Often in the hours following a crash, drivers can be in a state of shock, disoriented and exhibit unusual behavior because of the accident itself and not because of chemical or alcoholic intoxication. For this reason, courts will generally be open to hear a defendant's version of the facts during DUI trial proceedings.

Source: Patch, "Suspected Drunk Driver Downs Power Pole in Baldwin Park," Ashley Ludwig, Nov. 01, 2016

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