A Georgia man was arrested for drinking and driving on Saturday in Aiken. The car parked in front of his hotel room was the same vehicle which earlier in the evening hit a light pole. Although there were no injuries that occurred, the man's car did receive damage on the driver's side.
The police tracked the man and his car down after receiving a call about the accident. The witness noted both the damage done to the car and the tag number on the license plates, which furthered the investigation process.
When the police arrived at the hotel where the damaged car was parked, they were able to locate the driver. Police reports stated that the man displayed a state of intoxication by his behavior, including slurred speech and an inability to walk correctly. Although he said he had not consumed any alcohol, he later changed his story to say that he had drank several beers.
While the incident only resulted in property damage, this is an excellent reminder why it is so dangerous to drive under the influence of alcohol. The state of Georgia holds up very severe laws regarding drinking and drive and individuals who break these laws may include harsh penalties.
An individual convicted of a DUI could be charged with the following:
- Up to 5 years in jail
- Up to $5,000 in fines
- License suspension
- Mandatory ignition interlock device
Many drivers assume that just because they have consumed a small number of drinks, then they are okay to drive. Contrary to this belief, it is impossible to say for sure how many drinks it takes to be over the legal limit and it is often far less than you would think.
As recorded by Mothers Against Drunk Driving in a survey of a recent year, over 9,000 crashes occurred as a result of alcohol. No matter the scope of the accident, drunk driving crashes are serious and can impact the rest of your life. If you are facing DUI charges, don't hesitate to contact a Gainesville DUI lawyer from the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson today!