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Oklahoma man's drunk driving trial begins soon

An Oklahoma man with a criminal past is now facing an uncertain future. The 38-year-old man is accused of causing a fatal drunk driving accident in 2014 and is awaiting his trial, which is likely to start this week. Although the accident was horrific and tragic, everyone accused of a crime is entitled to a fair trial and the right to question the evidence presented by the prosecution.

The accident occurred when the man allegedly drifted out of his lane as he drove into an intersection. As he crossed the center line, his car collided head-on with an oncoming car, which skidded off the road and into a tree. Reports say the man then fled the accident scene, but police located him a short time later. The 69-year-old driver of the other car survived 38 days at the hospital before succumbing to his injuries.

A 15-year-old passenger in the first car testified that, at the time of the accident, the driver was not paying attention to the road; instead, he was distracted by the unrestrained children in the back seat. When police tested his blood, they reported the presence of methamphetamine, marijuana and psychoactive drugs. In addition, the man's blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit in Oklahoma.

While the man's past criminal record includes convictions for drugs and assault and battery, these facts will not play a role in determining his guilt or innocence in his pending drunk driving trial. Instead, his defense will likely focus on the validity and reliability of the evidence. Those in similar circumstances are wise to seek the counsel of an attorney as early as possible in the legal process.

Source: normantranscript.com, "Trial begins for 2014 manslaughter case", Jacob Mcguire, Oct. 23, 2017

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