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Illegal u-turn causes drunk driving accident

A 46-year-old Oklahoma man allegedly struck a pedestrian in his GMC Sierra after performing an illegal U-turn west of U.S 227 on Wolf Road a little before midnight on March 14. The 42-year-old pedestrian who was hit was taken to Comanche County Memorial Hospital and was said to be in fair condition.

Neither the driver of the Sierra nor a passenger who was in the car with him were hurt in the crash. Authorities say that they believe that the driver was drunk at the time of the accident. However, they did not say why they believed that to be the case.

Drivers who are charged with driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol could face severe penalties. At a minimum, a driver could have his or her car impounded and have their license suspended for several days for a first offense. A mandatory jail sentence or fine could also await someone who has been charged with DUI. After a license suspension is over, drivers may need to pay a fee to reinstate their license.

Meeting with an attorney may be a good idea for anyone facing drunk driving charges. An attorney may be able to review the facts in the case to help a driver avoid the most severe DUI penalties. DUI defense attorneys may attempt to argue that a blood or breath test taken at the scene was flawed or that there was insufficient evidence to levy the charge in the first place. If a lawyer is able to prove that there is insufficient evidence to proceed with a trial, the charge may be dismissed.

Source: Newson6.com, "OHP: Suspected Drunk Driver Hits Pedestrian In Comanche Co.", Xin Xin Liu, March 14, 2014

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