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Minnesota pastor suspected of drunk driving after crash

Car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. While sometimes they are the result of some sort of criminal action, they can frequently be caused by a miscalculation or wrong turn. Unfortunately, it seems that it is sometimes easier for police officers to assume that an accident was caused by drunk driving rather than simple driver error. In fact, police believe that a driver in Minnesota was under the influence of alcohol when he was allegedly involved in a fatal crash.

The incident happened at approximately 8 p.m. Police believe that a 72-year-old man was northbound in the southbound lanes of a Minnesota road. Unfortunately, his vehicle allegedly struck an oncoming vehicle head on.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 30-year-old woman, died, reportedly as a result of the injuries suffered in the collision. The male driver was transported to the hospital in critical condition. While police say that the man's injury prevented a breath test, they claim that they could smell alcohol and believe that he was under the influence. He now faces a charge of criminal vehicular homicide.

A friend of the injured man claims that he never knew him to drink. An officer's sense of smell is typically insufficient to prove that a person was drunk driving beyond a reasonable doubt -- the purposefully high standard demanded by the criminal court. To help appropriately respond to the charges against them, many people in Minnesota seek help from a professional with experience with similar cases, ensuring that they are fully prepared to make informed decisions.

Source: CBS Minnesota, "911 Dispatcher Killed In Crash With Pastor Driving Wrong Way", Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield, Feb. 18 , 2018

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