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Man faces drunk driving charges after colliding with patrol car

Being involved in a traffic accident with a police officer is not a good thing. A driver who collides with a patrol car may face even more trouble if he or she is suspected of drunk driving. Such an incident occurred recently just after midnight on an Oklahoma street. One man is now in jail facing charges of drunk driving and more.

The 48-year-old man was driving his pickup westbound when he allegedly crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with the oncoming patrol car. The vehicles hit head-on, and both ended up on their sides. Fortunately, the off-duty officer suffered only minor injuries, and he was treated and released from a nearby hospital.

Police reported detecting a strong odor of alcohol on the truck driver's breath. He allegedly admitted that he had drunk a six-pack of beer, and his blood alcohol level was .13. Police arrested him and charged him with drunk driving, failing to stay in the proper lane and causing an accident with injury. His bond was set at $3,600.

The involvement of a police officer in the incident and the alleged admission of consuming alcohol may not go well for this man. When Oklahoma residents face charges of drunk driving, they may say things an attorney would otherwise discourage. It will be important, in these situations, to have a strong defense in place as quickly as possible. A criminal defense attorney will be able to investigate the situation and determine the best course of action to lessen any negative consequences.

Source: tulsaworld.com, "Tulsa police officer injured in alleged head-on DUI collision", Harrison Grimwood, April 14, 2017

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