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Virginia man charged with DUI after flipping pickup truck

On Feb. 20, a 20-year-old Virginia man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after he overturned his pickup truck in Stafford. The accident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Local media outlets report that the defendant was driving on the 3900 block of Jefferson Davis Highway when he flipped his pickup truck over and smashed into a sign. When police officers reached the scene, they discovered that the pickup was destroyed and that the defendant and his two passengers were not wearing seat belts. They also claimed that the defendant's breath smelled like alcohol. A witness told authorities that he had seen the pickup weaving around before the crash and watched the defendant toss a beer bottle out of the vehicle.

All three occupants of the pickup were transported to a local hospital for observation. One of the passengers, a 24-year-old man, reportedly suffered several forehead lacerations. The defendant was arrested and charged with DUI, DUI maiming, reckless driving, underage possession of alcohol and failure to maintain control of a vehicle.

Virginia residents charged with drunk driving could receive harsh penalties if convicted. For example, it is common for DUI defendants to be sentenced to years in prison, be assessed heavy fines and lose their driver's license. Because the stakes are so high, defendants may wish to seek the help of a criminal defense attorney. The attorney may be able to challenge the prosecution's evidence, including breath or blood tests, and build a defense against the accusations. In some cases, these efforts might cause the charges to be dismissed. In others, they may be used as leverage to negotiate a favorable plea deal.

Source: Fredericksburg Patch, "Drunk Driver Flips Truck, Injures Passenger In Stafford: Police," Skip Wood, Feb. 21, 2019

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