A police officer suffered minor injuries after he was reportedly struck
by another vehicle. The person who was apparently behind the wheel at
the time was arrested on multiple DUI charges after authorities say his
blood alcohol level registered at above the legal limit. The Maryland
officer has been released from the hospital.
The officer was directing traffic on a recent Tuesday afternoon following
a car accident. At that point, a 58-year-old driver reportedly crashed
into him. After the crash, the officer proceeded to stop the vehicle and
remove the motorist. A blood alcohol test was administered which allegedly
revealed that the man's level was at .22. He was charged with DUI
and issued a ticket for failure to control speed.
At this time, the police department is investigating what led up to the
crash. No other details about this matter has been reported. It is important
for readers to remember that, just because these allegations have been
made does not mean that the man is automatically guilty as charged.
Maryland prosecutors take DUI charges seriously and pursue convictions
to the fullest extent of the law. If the defendant is convicted, he could
be forced to spend years in prison and may face other consequences, as
well. Despite that fact, however, the prosecution will need to prove that
the defendant was operating while impaired at the time of the incident
and the crash was caused by intoxicated driving. The burden of proof is
just as high in this case where a police officer was allegedly struck
as it would be for an apparent civilian victim in any other case.
Source: NBC Washington, "Driver Charged With DUI After Striking Police Officer", Margaret Voelzke, July 2, 2014