Being stopped by police and then arrested on
drunk driving charges can be one of the most humiliating and scariest situations an
individual may face. Fortunately, anyone arrested on DUI charges has the
same legal rights that individuals facing other types of criminal charges
have in Pennsylvania. The person is always presumed innocent unless, and
only if, prosecutors can prove otherwise in court.
One man in Pennsylvania was recently arrested on charges of DUI after police
said he collided with a utility pole as well as a tree. The incident occurred
past 10 p.m. on a Friday. Authorities said they had attempted to pull
the man over at an exit along Interstate 81 going south. Reportedly, he
fled and ended up leading police on a chase spanning 20 miles.
The man, 26, suffered injuries after his vehicle struck a utility pole
and then a tree. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. In addition
to acing DUI charges, he faces charges of eluding or fleeing police.
A person who is convicted of DUI in Pennsylvania faces potentially significant
penalties, including a fine and even jail time in some situations. Having
this type of conviction on one's criminal record can be detrimental
long-term, particularly with regard to certain job prospects and the ability
to rent a motor vehicle. Prosecutors have to prove DUI charges beyond
a reasonable doubt before a conviction can be secured, a measure of proof
that is often difficult to meet. This high standard ensures that people
who are wrongfully accused of a crime are not convicted.
Source: pennlive.com, "Police charge Carlisle man after 20-mile chase on I-81", Steve Marroni, April 5, 2015