A Pennsylvania man from Delaware County reportedly crashed into a utility pole in Springfield Township and failed to stop after the accident, according to police reports. He is currently facing DUI charges. A patrolman arrived on the scene of the accident and found the driver's vehicle on another street from where the accident occurred, according to reports. Having sustained major damages on the front end, the vehicle was found idling as the driver slept, police stated.
Suspecting that the driver was intoxicated, the officer had him taken to Springfield Hospital where his blood was drawn. Afterward, the driver was transported to the Springfield Police Station where he was charged with several motor vehicle violations including driving under the influence of alcohol. According to police, no one was injured during the accident and the incident is currently under investigation.
The charge of Driving Under the Influence and other vehicular chargers were levied against this driver, and in Pennsylvania, such charges may result in fines, loss of license and jail time depending on any previous DUI arrest record and the recorded blood alcohol content of the driver. They may also result in job loss if his or her job required them to drive.
A qualified DUI attorney may be able to help mitigate some of the damage to your driving record by challenging the calibration of the breathalyzer and considering that many traffic violations are committed by people who are sober. He or she may also be able to negotiate a reduction in charges that carry less severe penalties. A well-versed DUI attorney may also file to suppress evidence when possible, which may result in reduced or dismissed DUI charges, and they may also retest blood and urine sample.
Source: Marple Newtown Patch, "Driver Found Sleeping After Hitting Pole, Police Say", Lucy Bennett, May 08, 2013