Pennsylvania State Police troopers end up investigating all kinds of accidents. One of the first considerations of many law enforcement officers, including troopers, is whether one of the drivers involved was impaired at the time. Confirming that suspicion requires a significant amount of time, so charges may not come for weeks or months after the incident occurs, but that does not mean that someone suspected of drunk driving involving an accident should wait for an arrest warrant to begin planning a defense.
For instance, a man involved in an accident on July 17, 2017, was just recently charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and recklessly endangering another person, among other charges. In that crash, a pregnant woman suffered serious injuries and underwent an emergency cesarean section to deliver her baby. Sadly, her unborn child ultimately passed away, allegedly due to the accident.
Reports indicate that the 45-year-old man drifted into the oncoming lane of traffic that night and crashed into the vehicle occupied by the pregnant woman. Another woman in that vehicle also suffered injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Officials say they have evidence that the man was impaired when the accident occurred.
Due to the lapse in time between this alleged drunk driving incident and his arrest, this man, like anyone else in Pennsylvania, had the opportunity to consult with a criminal defense attorney as the investigation proceeded. By doing so, an individual can have an advocate available during any questioning, and to oversee or review any collection or testing of supposed evidence. In addition, a suspect’s rights could be protected throughout the investigative process.