Most people are aware that driving a car while intoxicated is illegal. However, some may not know that operating other types of motor vehicles after consuming alcohol may also result in charges or fines. A Minnesota man has recently been arrested after allegedly refusing a breath test following a snowmobile accident.
The local sheriff’s office stated that a father and son were building a portable ice house at the time of the crash. A man on a snowmobile allegedly crashed into both of them, seriously injuring the young boy. Reports indicate that the boy suffered head trauma and shallow breathing. He was taken to the hospital where he remains in critical condition. The snowmobile driver was also injured, suffering a broken arm.
Police claim that the driver admitted to drinking prior to the crash. They said he refused to submit to a breath test, however. Officers then obtained a warrant to draw a blood sample. The man has since been arrested. The specific charges he is now facing have not been released at this time.
Charges relating to refusing a breath test could result in severe consequences for those accused. In most cases, it is beneficial for anyone charged with a crime to retain the services of an experienced Minnesota criminal defense attorney. An attorney could help someone better understand the charges filed as well as assist in building a strong defense to present before the court. Additionally, an attorney could work toward ensuring a person’s legal rights are protected.
Source: Star Tribune. January 29, 2018.