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Students filming drunk driving promo narrowly miss being hit

One of the most common ways to combat intoxicated driving is through educational programs. Governmental agencies and special advocacy groups have invested millions of dollars in campaigns to alert people to the dangers of drunk driving. One pair of college students who were creating a DUI project for Oklahoma police experienced first-hand the risks involved when an alleged drunk driver approached.

The two men were film students at Oklahoma City University. In cooperation with a local police department, the students were filming a promotional video on the dangers of drunk driving. It was night, and they were standing along the street when a pickup truck suddenly lunged towards them. One of the men who was standing in the road managed to jump out of the way before the vehicle hit him. The students caught the incident on video.

Law enforcement happened to be nearby and attempted to approach the vehicle, but the driver sped off. Eventually, an Oklahoma police officer pulled the truck over. The officer's report says that the driver stumbled out of the truck. He was arrested with a blood alcohol content of .17, which is more than twice the legal limit.

Because the driver has four or more prior drunk driving convictions, he is likely facing some serious penalties if found guilty this time. In addition to losing his license and paying thousands in fines, it is possible that he could receive up to ten years in jail. He will need a strong criminal defense to avoid this harsh sentence, especially since his actions were apparently caught on camera.

Source: New York Daily News, "Intoxicated man swerves toward film students shooting DUI promo", Dan Gunderman, Jan. 31, 2017

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