Law enforcement reportedly set up a detail for traffic control over the weekend along U.S. 29 near the NASCAR Coca Cola 600 event in Concord, North Carolina. Law enforcement says that at least four troopers had lined their patrol cars along the median.
Officials claim that a man exited Interstate 485 carrying too much speed to navigate a turn at the top of the exit ramp from the interstate. That man is now accused of driving while impaired, reckless driving and child abuse.
Authorities say that the driver failed to properly navigate the turn and lost control of his Lexus after striking a concrete curb. Troopers claim that the Lexus crossed over U.S 29 and struck the four patrol cars lined along the median.
Police say that the driver smelled of alcohol, and the alleged car accident investigation was transformed into a DWI probe. State officials claim that the man later blew a 0.14 percent alcohol level in a breath test following the accident.
The North Carolina State Patrol arrested the man on suspicion of DWI. However, authorities claim that a 9-year-old child was restrained in the front seat of the Lexus at the time of the incident. Authorities are seeking an additional count in the criminal case against the man, alleging child abuse.
Many DWI allegations may have other types of offenses attached. Often, the court of public opinion may handle the additional allegations differently from how criminal charges are intended to be handled under of system of justice.
DWI defense lawyers generally look at the complete facts that may not reach the media in reviewing a criminal case. An important function of criminal defense is to preserve the integrity of our system of justice by helping individuals accused of a crime in protecting individual rights.
State officials say that two troopers suffered minor leg injuries during the incident while seeking to avoid the Lexus. Each of the troopers received treatment at an area hospital.
Source: WBTV, “Troopers say DWI driver crashes into four state vehicles,” Caroline DuPre, May 26, 2013