Generally speaking, people who are driving under the influence of alcohol would like to avoid dealing with law enforcement at all costs. As most drivers in our state are aware, Colorado has extremely punitive laws regarding driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) and has the somewhat unique lesser offense of “driving while ability impaired” (DWAI), which has a significantly lower blood alcohol concentration (BAC) threshold. A conviction on either offense can result in serious penalties, some of which could affect you for years. Consequently, people who choose to drive after consuming alcohol are taking a significant chance with their future, and it is understandable that they would actively avoid encounters with law enforcement.
Colorado Man Creates His Own Encounter with Law Enforcement
According to a report published at Fox21news.com, a man in Colorado Springs made it easy on police when he slammed into a parked police cruiser while traveling southbound on Union Boulevard on at around 2:30 a.m. November 15th. The Colorado Springs Police Blotter reports that a police officer was conducting a traffic stop on the corner of Union Boulevard and Damon Drive with his vehicle’s emergency lights activated at the time of the collision. The suspect was driving a 2002 Ford passenger van which struck the right rear of the police cruiser, resulting in “severe damage.” The officer was unhurt as he was outside of his vehicle at the time of the crash. The suspect was arrested at the scene under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Colorado DUIs Can Carry Serious Penalties
While it is easy to deride the behavior of this driver or others who are involved in similar incidents as wildly irresponsible, the reality is that it could happen to any of us. While the suspect may have been intoxicated at the time of the incident, it is also possible that he was not. Even in the event that he was, it is also possible that his accident could have not been related to his intoxication at all – perhaps his tire blew out prior to the crash, or maybe he lost control of the vehicle due to ice or snow. Regardless of the cause of the accident, if he was drunk, he will face serious legal consequences as a result. These penalties could include:
- Mandatory drug or alcohol counseling
- The installation of an ignition interlock device
Additionally, the suspect in this case could be in even more trouble had the officer been in his or her vehicle at the time of the accident. Aggravating factors such as accidents involving injuries or fatalities can result in significantly enhanced DUI penalties.
Contact a Colorado DUI Defense Attorney Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
In almost every case, the assistance of an experienced DUI defense attorney will result in a much better outcome for a defendant in a DUI case. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced DUI defense attorneys, call the Tiftickjian Law Firm today at (303) 384-5280.