Driver hits unmarked police vehicle and is arrested for DUI

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Sometimes, law enforcement appears to depend upon luck, rather than the attentiveness of a police officer. An Orlando man may feel that way after what appeared to be a minor collision turned into a DUI arrest.

Four Orange County sheriff's deputies were traveling in an unmarked Jeep Cherokee when they stopped at a light on Orange Blossom Trail and Central Florida Parkway. While waiting for the light to change, the Cherokee was struck from behind by a Toyota Camry. The deputies left their vehicle and began to question the driver of the Camry. Officers reported that he smelled of an alcoholic beverage and appeared to struggle with his balance. The man complained of neck pain, and the deputies decided to take him to a nearby emergency room. Meanwhile, deputies at the scene found an open Corona beer on the passenger-side floor.

After the suspect was released from the ER, a deputy asked him to submit to a number of tests to measure his blood alcohol concentration. The tests showed that the man had a BAC of .154%, almost twice the legal limit of .08%. Troopers reported that the man was arrested and jailed on charges of impaired driving, careless driving and possessing an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. No information was given regarding the suspect's prior driving record.

The charges in this case are serious, especially if the defendant has previous DUI violations. Anyone facing DUI charges may benefit from consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide helpful advice on the law and evidence that will determine the outcome of the case, suggest helpful defensive strategies and advise on the wisdom of seeking a favorable plea agreement.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, "Crash into rear of unmarked sheriff's vehicle leads to DUI charge," Stephen Hudak, May 13, 2018

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