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Georgia man faces DUI charges

A man accused of hitting a police officer has been charged with drunk driving, according to local sources. The 44-year-old man allegedly struck a Georgia State Patrol trooper with his vehicle in the early morning of Nov. 6. He now faces DUI charges as well as several other criminal accusations. A media report did not indicate when the matter is expected to be heard in court. 

According to the police report, the state trooper was in the midst of directing traffic around a disabled vehicle on Ga. 369 at around 6:30 a.m. when the accident occurred. A vehicle driven by a 44-year-old man headed eastbound reportedly struck the trooper, who suffered a broken left leg. He was taken to a local hospital to undergo surgery to repair the break, and he is expected to recover. 

The driver involved in the crash was arrested by police and charged with DUI, failure to obey an officer directing traffic and serious vehicular injury. If he is found guilty, he could face jail time and lose his license. It is unclear whether he remains in police custody at this time, or if he has been released on bail. 

No mention was made in the Georgia police report about the steps officers took to determine the man's allegedly intoxicated state. In order to secure a conviction for DUI charges, it will be up to prosecutors to prove each and every element of the crimes charged. With respect to the drunk driving accusations, that typically means the presentation of evidence that establishes the man's blood alcohol level at the time of his arrest. Even in the presence of such evidence, the man's defense representation will still review the arrest record to assess whether best practices were followed and the man's rights were respected throughout the process. If police were less than diligent in any of these matters, defense could argue to have the evidence deemed inadmissible in court. 

Source: ajc.com, "Georgia trooper hit while directing traffic; driver charged with DUI", Steve Burns, Nov. 7, 2017

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