A Natick man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence on Jan. 15 when he walked into a police station at about 3:45 a.m. and reported that he crashed his car into a building. He told Natick police that he did not see the edge of the building when the accident occurred.
According to police reports, the man originally gave authorities the wrong location of the accident site. After being unable to find the vehicle, police came back and brought the man with them to help find the location. They eventually found the car crashed into a building on Clark Court at the corner of West Central Street.
While he claimed to have had only two beers, Police said the man smelled of liquor and asked him to take a field sobriety test, which he did not pass. He then agreed to take a portable breath test, which indicated that his blood alcohol level was well over the legal limit. However, he declined to take a Breathalyzer brand test. Portable breath tests are inadmissible in court.
Police charged him with driving to endanger and driving under the influence of alcohol. He was released following arraignment court that day with no bail requirements and ordered to abstain from alcohol until the trial. It was not reported when the man will have to face trial.
Since the man refused a Breathalyzer test, his future legal battle may be complicated. A Boston area DUI defense lawyer may be able to help the defendant by providing legal advice. Every case is different, and depending on any other evidence, the attorney may advise the defendant to take a plea deal or fight the charge in court. A DUI charge is not an automatic conviction, and there are many procedural details that may be called into question over the course of a trial.