Pennsylvania man up on DUI charges

A 23-year-old man is in custody following a serious car accident in Koppel, according to local authorities. Thankfully no one was injured in the accident, but Pennsylvania authorities arrested the man and charged him with DUI. So far, no court date has been publicly announced. 

According to the police report, the man was traveling along a local roadway when the accident occurred. Apparently, he struck a fence, causing some structural damage, before driving away. At an undetermined time later, he was pulled over by police and subjected to a sobriety test. 

Police claim this test registered the man's blood alcohol level at .248, well above the legal limit in Pennsylvania of .08. It is unclear at this time whether the man remains in police custody or if he is out on bail or his own recognizance. Presumably, the case will now head to criminal court, where the man has the right to defend himself against the formal accusations.

There are a lot of facts missing from this report, making it difficult to make an accurate guess as to how the case will play out. If Pennsylvania prosecutors seek to use the blood alcohol level as evidence to support the DUI charge, they will need to prove the test was administered in accordance with the man's rights and done correctly. If time passed between the man's alleged accident and the test, it is possible he may not have been intoxicated at the time of the crash. Defense counsel will undoubtedly comb through the arrest record in order to identify issues that may properly be the subject of legal challenges in court. 

Source: ellwoodcityledger.com, "Man charged with DUI after accident in Koppel", Sept. 16, 2015

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