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Maryland man charged with DUI twice in one night

On Behalf of | Aug 20, 2013 | Drunk Driving

A Maryland man was taken into custody twice for DUI in the same night. Following the first incident, the accused returned to his vehicle by taxi. When he was spotted driving by the same officer who had stopped him earlier, he was taken into custody again and charged with a second DUI. The Prince George Police Department DUI team reported that his arrests made up half of the total DUI arrests that night.

The incidents that led up to the DUI charges began at around 11:30 p.m. When police officers noticed suspended tags on his vehicle, the accused was pulled over and questioned. The police officer claimed that the man was showing signs of intoxication, so the officer asked him to perform a field sobriety test. Upon failure of the test, he was given a Breathalyzer test, which he also failed.

After failing both of the tests, the accused was taken into custody and booked at the police station. Immediately following his release, the accused returned to his home by taxi. He then called a second taxi that took him to his vehicle. At 2:20 a.m., he was stopped and asked to perform both a field sobriety test and a Breathalyzer test for a second time. He was then charged with a second DUI as well as other traffic offenses.

Although two consecutive DUI charges may sound bleak, a lawyer can help the accused to build a solid defense. By arguing against the validity of both sobriety tests that were performed, a lawyer could help to get his charges dropped. Without a more reliable blood alcohol test as evidence, many judges will find that DUI charges are unsubstantiated.

Source: WUSA 9, “Douglas Perkins of District Heights Arrested twice within hours for DUI”, Simon Landau , August 09, 2013