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Oklahoma City man charged with DUI after accident

Police in Oklahoma City say that a 23-year-old man was intoxicated when he struck two vehicles on Sept. 4. One of the vehicles struck was operated by the Oklahoma City Police Department. Officers say that the man subsequently attempted to flee the scene before being taken into custody and transported to the Oklahoma County Jail. In addition to drunk driving charges, the man is facing counts of resisting an officer, reckless driving and operating a vehicle with a loaded firearm inside.

The accident took place at approximately 3 p.m. near the intersection of Northwest 105th and North Western. Officers say that the man made a reckless turn immediately prior to striking a police vehicle. The man is then said to have struck another vehicle as he attempted to flee the scene.

Responding police officers claim that they detected the odor of alcohol on the man. He also allegedly presented signs of slurred speech and glassy eyes. They added that they were unable to perform a field sobriety test at the scene as the man was uncooperative. A records check on the man allegedly discovered open warrants for failure to appear and public drunkenness.

Driving under the influence of alcohol in Oklahoma can lead to severe penalties, and even first time offenders may face up to a year in jail. Other consequences could include higher auto insurance premiums, and there could also be additional challenges when seeking employment or accommodation. A criminal defense attorney may seek to mitigate the severity of penalties by challenging the evidence in a drunk driving case. Police officers must be able to demonstrate that they had probable cause prior to making a traffic stop, and the results of toxicology tests used to determine a driver's level of intoxication may be unreliable in certain situations.

Source: News9.com, "OKC Man Arrested For DUI After Crashing Into Officer's Car", Xin Xin Liu, September 08, 2014

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