One state police officer in Louisiana suffered injuries in a recent crash caused by an alleged drunk driver. The reported DUI accident took place along Interstate 10. It occurred at around 1:45 a.m.
According to authorities, the state trooper who was hurt was responding to another accident when he was hit. In that accident, a man, 21, ended up passing away. The 42-year-old man who reportedly caused this accident was suspected to have been driving while impaired at the time of the crash.
While the state trooper was responding to this accident scene, he had his police vehicle's emergency lights on and had started to slow down. However, a man, 34, who was driving a pickup truck ended up reportedly striking him from behind. The 34-year-old was allegedly found to have been drinking and driving with a blood alcohol content that was higher than the 0.08 legal limit. Thus, the man was arrested and now faces charges of vehicular negligent injuring, DWI and reckless operation. The state trooper suffered minor injuries in this accident.
A person who is accused of causing a DUI accident in Louisiana has the right to go to trial if he or she believes it to be in his or her best interests. Prosecutors have to prove the person's DUI charge by appropriate evidence before a criminal conviction can be secured. Sometimes accepting a plea deal, if offered by the prosecution, may seem like a more personally favorable choice if the prosecution's potential evidence appears to be strong. The criminal defense will push for the outcome that is ultimately in the client's best interest.
Source: ksla.com, "LSP: Drunk driver arrested for crashing into state trooper on I-", June 5, 2016