Whenever there is an accident resulting in injuries, police investigate the scene. When they find supporting evidence, the authorities often press charges against the person or persons who are accused of being criminally responsible. If drunk driving is suspected, the alleged drunk driver often faces a driving under the influence (DUI) or operating while intoxicated (OWI) charge, depending on the state and circumstances of the accident, in addition to other accident-related charges. A recent accident in Indiana led to a man being charged for his involvement in a multi-vehicle accident.
The 33-year-old man who now faces charges was driving an SUV northbound on Interstate 65 when the accident happened. For a reason that is still unknown, he hit a car and caused that vehicle to spin off the road and into a ditch. The impact from that collision spun the SUV in its lane where it was then hit head-on by a 36-year-old woman who was traveling northbound. Another vehicle came along whose driver attempted to avoid the accident, but ended up hitting the car belonging to the 36-year-old woman.
In total, four vehicles were involved and three victims needed medical attention for injuries. The 33-year-old man who allegedly caused the melee was reported to have a blood alcohol content of .09 percent. He was charged with OWI and reports indicate that additional charges may be pending. The interstate highway was blocked for hours while the accident scene was cleared.
A drunk driving charge in Indiana can lead to serious consequences, especially when drivers cause accidents and injuries are involved. Anyone arrested for drunk driving may want to familiarize him or herself with the current laws and learn how charges may be escalated depending on the circumstances. It is also important to note that anyone arrested, regardless of the circumstances involved, is innocent until proven guilty and has the right to pursue defense options suited to his or her case.