Drunk driving is a major problem in Wisconsin and across the country. The operation of vehicles while intoxicated causes countless problems for local residents, ranging from property damage to life-threatening injuries. Because of this, local law enforcement may take desperate measures to stop drunk drivers from wreaking havoc on Milwaukee roads. However, OWI and DUI have gained so much notoriety that drivers involved in vehicular accidents might be accused of driving drunk regardless of proof.
In Dane County, a 21-year-old man from McFarland was held by police after a two-vehicle accident injured him and another driver. Authorities believe he was drunk when the accident occurred. According to reports, the arrested man was northbound on Highway 51 when he allegedly crossed the middle line and struck an oncoming car, which was operated by a 48-year-old woman.
Each driver was the sole occupant of their respective vehicle. After the accident, both parties were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. The young man was charged with causing injury by operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. He was also cited for crossing the center line, not carrying insurance and having open intoxicants. An investigation is still on-going regarding this incident.
Readers should always remember that, in any criminal allegation, taking an appropriate approach is necessary. While cracking down on drunk drivers may greatly benefit the local residents, randomly pointing a finger at people whenever an incident occurs is inappropriate. DUI convictions in Wisconsin carry stiff penalties, which may include fines, license suspension and jail time.
To avoid suffering from such consequences, it may be best to consult a legal professional if facing an OWI/DUI allegation. These professionals are highly experienced in forming a solid defense, and protecting the legal rights of DUI defendants.
Source: Journal Sentinel, “Driver in Dane County crash suspected of being drunk,” Ashley Luthern, July 24, 2013.