North Carolina driver accused of DWI after allegedly causing two crashes
Authorities say that a Burlington, North Carolina man was involved in a series of accidents Wednesday. Police say the man caused two car accidents, involving six cars around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon. The North Carolina Highway Patrol reportedly responded to the scene of the second accident in the area, and troopers quickly concluded that one of the drivers had been involved in the two separate accidents that occurred minutes apart.
No serious injuries were reported in either car accident. But troopers reportedly arrested a Burlington man on suspicion of a string of serious charges at the scene of the second crash. Law enforcement believes that the man was under the influence.
He faces charges for allegedly driving while impaired, driving while revoked, driving with an open container in his vehicle, and careless and reckless driving. In addition to those charges, troopers accuse the man of felony hit and run.
Law enforcement booked the 30-year-old man into the Alamance County Jail where he was held on ,400 bond. Officials claim that the man also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for prior DWI charges.
Car accidents occur all over North Carolina on any given day. News reports often indicate whether or not police suspect the involvement of alcohol or drugs in most car accident stories. Often, people infer that drugs or alcohol are involved. But an inference of impairment remains an allegation in the eyes of the courts, unless and until there is proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
The presumption of innocence is an important concept that cannot be overlooked. Even when tragedy is involved, a defendant is protected by specified constitutional rights. Those important rights serve as part of the very foundation of our country.
Source: WGHP Fox 8, “Police: Burlington man charged with DWI after causing 2 wrecks,” Ryan Sullivan, Oct. 5, 2012