When driving on certain roads in Minnesota, there is sometimes only a thin line of paint that separates motorists traveling in opposite directions. All drivers have likely had a moment in which they temporarily crossed over that line; fortunately, most of these incidents occur when there is no traffic, allowing the driver to return to his or her lane without a major incident. Unfortunately, police say that one driver was not able to return to his lane in time, ultimately resulting in a car crash that led to drunk driving allegations.
The incident happened on a night in late June. According to reports, a 34-year-old man was driving a vehicle south on a Missouri highway when the vehicle allegedly drifted across the dividing line in the road. Unfortunately, this is said to have caused a collision with a northbound vehicle.
The driver of the northbound vehicle, a 36-year-old man, and one of his passengers, a 20-year-old female, reportedly suffered moderate injuries in the collision. A second passenger, a 22-year-old woman, was seriously injured. Police claim that the driver of the southbound vehicle fled the scene, but he was taken into custody several hours later.
Several charges have been filed against the southbound driver, including felony driving while intoxicated, having no driver’s license and felony leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash. The charges against the man could have serious consequences if he’s convicted. As many people in Minnesota who are accused of drunk driving and other crimes are often unfamiliar with the criminal justice system, defendants often opt to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who is able to guide them through the decisions they must make.