If you choose to drive after having a drink or two, you should be aware that you could still be accused of a DUI if you get into a crash. If you don't qualify for a DUI, you could face other charges for reckless behavior.
A driver in Colorado is now facing vehicular-assault charges after hitting and seriously injuring a University of Colorado student. According to the story, the student's scalp was partially missing after the three-car crash allegedly caused by a drunk driver.
The news from Jan. 16 reports that a 28-year-old man from Brighton was arrested after he ran a red light at an intersection between Arapahoe Avenue and Foothills Parkway. The crash, which took place at around 11:56 p.m., was allegedly caused by reckless driving and intoxication.
The officers who reported to the scene stated that the man had driven his vehicle onto a median. When they arrived, they reported believing that the man was trying to move the truck off the median, smelled of alcohol and was slurring his speech. The man claimed he was not intoxicated and that he'd only had two Manhattans to drink that night.
The 20-year-old victim of the crash was hospitalized and survived with serious injuries. He has serious facial injuries along with a partially torn-off scalp.
Serious collisions like this are an example of how a drunk driving crash can go wrong. It's important for the court to hear the driver's side of the story, even though someone was hurt. If a driver hasn't had as much to drink as the police believe, there's a possibility that medical issues could be a cause of the crash. In that case, the individual may not face as serious charges.
Source: Daily Camera, "Driver facing vehicular-assault charge in Boulder crash that seriously injured CU student," Mitchell Byars, Jan. 17, 2018