Most police officers likely expect their job to come with certain hazards and dangerous situations. One Connecticut officer was recently involved in a car wreck while on the job, but it didn't stem from a car chase or anything similar as some might think. The other driver involved in the car accident with the officer was arrested for a DUI.
The Connecticut officer was in his cruiser and stopped at a red light when the wreck occurred. While waiting for the light to turn green, the officer's vehicle was hit from behind by a driver who failed to stop. The officer only received minor injuries in the accident, but he was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was released later that same day.
The driver who ran into the police vehicle was not injured, although his passenger was. He was treated at the same hospital as the officer, where he was also released on the same day of the accident. Authorities allege that the driver was inebriated and arrested him for driving under the influence. Additionally, he was also driving with a suspended driver's license.
Allegations of drunk driving can carry stiff penalties for anyone charged with a DUI. While accidents involving Connecticut police officers might tug at the emotional heart strings of some, the alleged drunk driver is still entitled to his defense and the assumption of innocence for the time being. The charges can be quite serious if accused of a DUI. It might be well-advised to take the time to review the case, any applicable state or federal laws and the outcome of similar cases before making any decisions concerning a defense team.
Source: wfsb.com, Man charged with DUI after crash with Middletown police cruiser, Michael Agogliati, March 16, 2014