One of the first factors many Illinois police officers look for after an accident is the possibility of impairment on the part of one or more drivers involved. Depending on the circumstances, officers may administer breath tests at the scene or obtain consent for a blood test from either the individual or a court. The results of those tests could result in drunk driving charges filed against one or more people.
On a recent Sunday, an accident occurred on Interstate 88 here in Illinois. Officers ended up arresting one driver involved who they say was intoxicated at the time. In fact, his blood alcohol concentration was said to be .316. This is nearly four times the state's legal limit of .08.
The driver is also accused of attempting to escape police custody at the hospital. He is also accused of several other offenses as well, including driving with a suspended license, improper lane use and operating an uninsured vehicle, among others. With an outstanding warrant on top of that, this individual faces serious consequences if the state's allegations are actually proved in court.
Like everyone else in the United States, this man is presumed innocent. Prosecutors must prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in court by using evidence in support of the drunk driving and other charges. Before the case proceeds to court, his defense counsel will likely conduct an investigation into the charges to determine whether the man's rights were violated or whether officials made mistakes that weaken the prosecution's case.
Source: Aurora, IL Patch, "Drunken Driver Had Nearly 4 Times Legal Limit Of Alcohol: Prosecutors", Amie Rowland, Aug. 8, 2017