While driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal, drivers sometimes fail to realize that they are over the legal limit. Whether a driver knowingly or unknowingly drives while intoxicated, the risk of causing a car accident is apparent. One Minnesota man may face drunk driving charges in addition to others after his alleged involvement in the death of a pedestrian.
Local police reportedly saw the accident take place. As the two officers were traveling west, they claim that they saw the pedestrian get struck in an eastbound lane. One officer exited the vehicle to assist the pedestrian while the other pursued the driver believed to be responsible.
Once pulled over, police say that the driver smelled of alcohol and that his car had front-end damage. The man has since been arrested on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide, as the pedestrian died at the scene of the accident. It is unknown if a blood alcohol test was performed or if the man will face any additional charges related to intoxication.
Being charged with a criminal offense can be intimidating, not only for the charges a person could face but also for the impact such charges may have on a person’s reputation. Anyone facing a drunk driving charge would likely benefit from seeking out an experienced Minnesota criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney could work toward insuring a person’s legal rights are protected as well as help to build a strong defense to present before the court.
Source: twincities.com, “Patrolling officers witness pedestrian struck, killed by driver in St. Paul“, Nov. 7, 2017