According to a recent news article from My Fox Alabama, a sheriff's deputy from Williamson County, Alabama was hospitalized following a late night chase of a drunk driving suspect that ended in a car accident.
Authorities say the trouble began in Spring Hill when they notice a speeding car. The driver of the vehicle allegedly was traveling at speeds over 100 mph. Spring Hill police chose not to pursue suspect at this high rate of speed. This is not unusual, because many police departments have polices against high-speed chases. The reason for this is because many law enforcement experts believe that high-speed car chases are too likely to result in serious injury to innocent bystanders, and it is easier and safer to radio ahead to another law enforcement agency to set up a road block.
After the Spring Hill police backed off of the chase, the suspect is said to have approached a Williamson County sheriff's deputy at a speed of 106 mph and crossed over the centerline into the lane of oncoming traffic while trying to pass slower moving cars. The sheriff's deputy had to swerve out of the way of suspect to try to avoid a serious collision, but when he veered into the shoulder alongside of the travel lane, suspect's car allegedly smashed into the side of the deputy's car. The deputy suffered what has been described as non-life threatening injuries as a result of the alleged drunk driving crash and has since been released from the hospital.
Prosecutors charged defendant with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), felony evading of law enforcement, speeding, reckless driving, and driving without a valid license. Suspect is currently being held in jail on $115,000 cash bond as he awaits his next court date. It is important to note that defendant is presumed innocent of all charges at this time, as he has not been found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
As our Birmingham DUI defense attorneys can explain, many people mistakenly believe that if they have been arrested for a DUI, it means that they will be found guilty, and there is nothing they can do. This does not have to be true, if you hire an experienced DUI attorney and really fight your case.
In any DUI prosecution, the government relies upon essentially the same types of evidence. They will likely rely on the results of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs), which consist of a three-test battery designed and approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The first of these standardized tests is the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test, the second is the Walk and Turn (WAT) test, and the third is the One Legged Stand (OLS) test. Any other test, such as saying the alphabet forwards or backwards, touching your finger to your nose, touching your finger tips together, and any other similar exercises are not approved, do not have any claim of scientific value, and are not generally admissible in court. With all of these tests, it is likely the officer does not know the entire protocol for administering the test, and your experienced DUI defense attorney can often effectively cross examine the officers during trial.
Deputy injured after Williamson County pursuit ends in wreck, July 10, 2014, Fox 6