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Police chief faces drunk driving charge

A police chief in Pennsylvania was recently accused of causing a DUI collision on Nov. 5. The Sunday night accident occurred at about 10 p.m. The man facing a drunk driving charge is 46 years old.

Police said they responded to a single-car crash, and when they arrived at the scene, they saw the police chief standing beside a pickup truck. The truck's front end had been damaged. In addition, a tree was lying in the road.

The police chief reportedly moved unsteadily toward one of the responding troopers and told the trooper that he had consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel. He apparently acknowledged that he had run off the road and hit a tree as well as two mailboxes. Police said the chief's eyes appeared bloodshot and glassy, and the man kept swaying while talking. He was taken into custody.

Facing a drunk driving charge in Pennsylvania can be frightening and complicated, as a conviction can destroy an individual's reputation and could even place one's employment in jeopardy. However, a mere accusation of drunk driving is not proof of anything. Prosecutors must establish each element of the charge by evidence that is found to be beyond a reasonable doubt before any conviction can occur. An experienced attorney will scrutinize the prosecution's evidence and look for holes in it, with a view toward raising legal and factual issues in court. The attorney's goal is to achieve the most personally favorable outcome for the client given the circumstances surrounding the case.

Source: fox43.com, "Investigation leads to DUI charge for Camp Hill police chief", Sean Naylor, Nov. 27, 2017

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