Illinois authorities say that a 44-year-old man was under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his truck on Feb. 7. Police say that the accident took place at about 10:26 p.m. in Cary, and they were called to the scene of the incident by a customer at a Jewel-Osco. The witness said that the man got into his truck, drove through the parking lot of the shopping center and went through a retaining wall.
After going over the wall, the truck landed in the parking lot of a tavern. The driver was taken to Good Shepherd Hospital with what were described as minor injuries. He was charged with driving with an alcohol concentration of less than .08%, DUI and failing to slow down to prevent an accident.
An individual may be charged with DUI even if his or her blood alcohol content is below the legal limit. Authorities may look for other signs of impairment such as slurred speech, bloodshot eyes or trouble standing. Those who are argumentative may also be more likely to be taken into custody as it could also be a sign of impairment.
An attorney may be able to help a person obtain a favorable outcome in a drunk driving case. This may be done by asserting that a driver experienced a medical emergency that mimicked the symptoms of alcohol impairment. An attorney may also claim that a vehicle malfunction resulted in what looked like erratic driving prior to being taken into custody. Legal representatives could also cast doubt on police or witness testimony during a trial.