A 30-year-old Greenwood man faces charges of drinking and driving among other charges after a police chase and an accident on Nov. 27 in Greenwood in which two people were seriously hurt, according to authorities. He was taken into custody on Dec. 9 for two counts of drinking and driving with a prior conviction with serious injury, two counts of resisting arrest with serious injury, one count of reckless driving and one count of criminal reckless driving. He was detained on a $72,000 bond at the Johnson County Jail. When authorities detained him, the driver’s blood alcohol content level allegedly registered .243 percent, more than triple the .08 maximum limit allowed in the state.
Events began Nov. 27 at approximately 9:25 p.m. when authorities stopped a Ford Explorer driven by the accused man. When the officer exited his vehicle, authorities allege, the motorist fled the scene. He pulled around a vehicle at an intersection and drove through a red light before colliding with a Dodge Caliber that held three occupants. The male driver and a female passenger, both 35, were seriously hurt, but the third occupant, a minor, was not injured. The man was listed in critical condition at a hospital while the woman was treated and then released.
When someone faces charges for impaired driving, he or she could face serious criminal DUI penalties, such as time in jail, probation, community service hours, court fees and alcohol counseling, if convicted. In addition, convicted individuals might receive additional points on their license, lose their driving privileges, face serious restrictions or need to pay increased insurance rates as well.
A DUI defense lawyer might be able to help an accused person in a case like this one by raising doubt about the client’s blood-alcohol-test results or other pieces of evidence in the case that might not have been properly obtained or obtained with inadequately calibrated equipment. If the prosecution’s case is strong, the lawyer might try to negotiate a plea agreement on the client’s behalf in order to reduce the sanctions that he or she faces.