In most situations, friends stand by one another and offer support, encouragement
and advice. There are circumstances, however, when friends seem to abandon
one another, or even turn against one another. Pennsylvania police say
that one man was assaulted by a friend which eventually led to a DUI charge.
Police reported that a 56-year-old man was traveling along Interstate 78
with a 50-year-old male passenger. According to the account, the two men
got into a verbal disagreement. At that point, it is alleged that the
passenger started to physically attack the driver.
The man was apparently struck in the face multiple times while he was driving.
At that point, he reportedly pulled over to the shoulder of the highway.
A passing motorist stopped to render assistance. When Pennsylvania police
arrived at the scene, the passenger had allegedly run off. During questioning,
officers suspected that the driver was under the influence and proceeded
to place him in custody.
He was charged with several offenses, including a DUI. The driver is presumed
innocent of wrongdoing while the state attempts to provide evidence against
him in support of the formal accusations. He and his defense team are
entitled to review that evidence in order to challenge it and present
a defense aimed at achieving a favorable result. There was no mention
of any sobriety tests conducted at the time the man was arrested, and
the apparent altercation may have a bearing on the allegations. He retains
the right to assemble a strong defense while also possibly exploring any
options that may be offered to him in order to resolve this matter in
his own best interest.
Source: pennlive.com, "Pa. DUI suspect charged after his own passenger punches him in the face
while driving", John Luciew, Sept. 29, 2014