When emotions run high because of upsetting events, people might turn to drinking. If things get too bad during the events that are occurring, the person might decide that it is best to leave the location. For someone who has been drinking, getting behind the wheel might not be smart, but in some cases, it is the only way to get out of a bad situation. Maryland residents might be interested in learning about a case in which a man is said to have been driving at a high rate of speed when leaving a disturbance.
The 28-year-old man now faces a slew of charges resulting from the event. These charges include traffic citations for driving under the influence of alcohol, disturbing the peace, 2nd degree assault on law enforcement, threats and other charges.
The man was stopped by police as he was leaving the scene of an active disturbance. It is alleged that the man was the one causing the disturbance. When he stopped by law enforcement officers, signs of impairment were allegedly noted. The man didn’t complete a standardized field sobriety test to the satisfaction of the police officers. He was placed under arrest but allegedly began to resist.
Once the officers got him into the police car, he allegedly began to threaten to kill a deputy. He was taken to the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, where he refused to take an Intoximeter test. He was then placed back in the patrol car to get treatment for injuries he may have received prior to being stopped by the police. As he was being placed in the back seat, he allegedly kicked the officer in the chest. He also head butted the dividing cage in the car. His behavior reportedly remained difficult at the hospital, where he was yelling profanities. He allegedly again resisted again when a deputy attempted to place handcuffs on the man.
This man was released on his own recognizance for the charges, including the DUI charges, placed against him. He is facing some rather significant consequences, so a strong defense should be considered. However, a plea agreement may also be beneficial, although it may not be for all defendants. An experienced criminal law attorney can provide more information about options for defendants facing such charges.
Source: Southern Maryland News Net, “Drunk Driver Charged with Assaulting Sheriff’s Deputy” No author given, May. 08, 2014