For most residents of Washington, seeing a police car tends to make them drive more carefully. They drive slower, pay more attention and keep extra space between them and the car in front of them. Apparently, that is not true of everyone. For example, one driver recently rear-ended a Seattle police cruiser.
According to reports, while approaching a red light, a driver failed to stop in time. The driver struck a Seattle police cruiser, which caused the cruiser to hit the car in front of it. The chain-reaction accident resulted in minor injuries to a Seattle police officer as well as the driver of the third car.
Following the collision, a Drug Recognition Officer arrived on the scene. The officer spoke with the at-fault driver and then processed the driver for DUI.
Drivers in Washington facing DUI charges will want to wage a strong DUI defense. A DUI conviction can carry serious penalties, including large fines, jail time, a suspended license and sky-high car insurance premiums.
Fortunately, a DUI charge is no guarantee of a DUI conviction. For example, police often make mistakes. In order to make a proper stop, police must have probable cause to pull the driver over. Without probable cause, the evidence obtained during the stop may be suppressed. Additionally, police may improperly conduct the field sobriety tests or even the breathalyzer. If this happens, the evidence obtained from the improperly conducted test might be suppressed.
These are just two of the avenues that a defendant may use to attack the government's case. To find other weaknesses in a government's case, Washingtonians charged with a DUI may benefit from discussing their case with an experienced DUI attorney.
Source: komonews.com, "Driver arrested for DUI after hitting Seattle Police car," Feb. 22, 2014