A man who allegedly drove his vehicle into a street sign in his town was arrested for DUI on five counts as well as a careless driving charge. Authorities stopped him during the early morning hours after the accident.
The man did not immediately respond to police indications to stop his vehicle. However, once the suspect pulled over, the officer observed him exhibit signs of possible intoxication. The man failed three field sobriety tests and admitted to consuming four beers.
The state of Pennsylvania enforces harsh penalties for someone convicted of a DUI. Although the man's blood alcohol content level was not reported in this case, the state classifies DUIs into three levels of impairment. The lowest level ranges from .08 to .099 percent. The next level ranges from .10 to .159 percent, and the highest level is above .16 percent. Penalties increase in severity depending on the amount of alcohol in a person's blood as measured by blood alcohol content and on the number of prior offenses.
Even for a first DUI offense, a person who is suspected of DUI can be charged with a misdemeanor and placed on probation for a maximum of six months. They will be subject to a $300 fine and be ordered to attend driving safety classes. In addition, they may be required to attend either outpatient or residential substance abuse treatment.
Criminal defense attorneys will work to ensure ensure that the rights of people charged in DUI cases are protected as they go through the court process.
Source: Phoenixville Patch, "Police: Phoenixville Man Crashes into Sign, Gets Arrested for DUI," Nov. 7, 2012