Connecticut authorities are often on the lookout for individuals they believe to be engaged in driving while intoxicated. Of course, just because someone is accused of drunk driving in our state doesn't mean they are guilty. Three men recently became accused of drunk driving charges in separate incidents that all took place in Greenwich. The first involved a 56-year-old man who police allege neglected to turn on his headlights while driving just after midnight in mid-June. An officer pulled the man over after supposedly witnessing him veering out of his own lane of traffic, while at the same time driving without the headlights on.
A 38-year-old man also became accused of drunk driving in mid-June. His charges came about after officials saw him speeding and driving in an apparently reckless manner. Once the man was stopped by officials, they reported that he also showed further signs of intoxication, such as bloodshot eyes and speaking with a slur to his voice. This resulted in him being arrested and charged with DUI and speeding.
The third man, aged 65, first drew the attention of authorities because of an apparent expired license plate registration. Connecticut police decided to trail behind the man and later claimed that he veered over a double yellow line, at which point they pulled him over. Further police reports indicate that the man may have failed sobriety tests conducted in the field. He was then charged with DUI, driving with an expired registration and other violations.
All three of these individuals who have been accused of drunk driving while in Connecticut have the right to be presumed innocent until and only if prosecutors prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The accused men would likely benefit from researching the charges and penalties that they face. This can help them make the best decisions for either fighting the charges or negotiating with prosecutors possible in each specific case.
Source: Greenwich, CT Patch, "3 Drivers Face Drunk Driving Charges," Barbara Heins, June 19, 2013