Drunk driving is rarely an isolated crime. More often than not, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will cause additional crimes after the original crime of DUI has been committed. A tragic example of this phenomenon occurred in Miami when a DUI suspect was arrested and charged with a number of crimes stemming from a three-vehicle collision on the 79th Street Causeway in Miami.
According to police, the defendant was traveling east at an excessive rate of speed when he cut in front of two other eastbound vehicles. The suspect’s vehicle hit the median strip and flipped into the westbound lanes. The suspect’s vehicle skidded and slammed head-first into a westbound car.
The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries. Hospital staff said that illegal drugs were found on the suspect. Police said that a gun and more drugs were found in the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect was then arrested and booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center after being released from the hospital.
Miami police said that a 38-year-old woman who was a passenger in the vehicle struck by the suspect’s car suffered severe injuries, which took her life after she reached the hospital.
Additional charges. After the suspect was released from the hospital, he was arrested and charged with other crimes stemming from the accident, including DUI manslaughter. Additionally, police said that the man was facing a warrant for an unrelated crime.
Sound legal support
The defendant in this case is facing many serious criminal charges. Anyone in a similar position may wish to seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney for an evaluation of the evidence, help in formulating a defense strategy and, if appropriate, help in negotiating a satisfactory plea agreement.