According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers. A 2006 study by the NHTSA estimated that there is one drunk driving fatality in the United States every 30 minutes.
Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Georgia DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.
According to a police report, a 45-year-old man in another state was arrested for DUI and other offenses after leading police on an early morning slow speed chase.
The man was observed driving on two flat tires but drove away after being stopped by police. He continued driving slowly, followed by officers with the lights and sirens. The man slowly approached red lights before going through intersections. He continued driving on his rims until he reached an intersection that was blocked by multiple police cars. The man was arrested by officers with their guns drawn.
The man reportedly smelled of alcohol and was confused by simple instructions. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested.
A breath test administered 20 minutes after the man's arrest registered a blood alcohol concentration on 0.320 and 0.326 percent, more than four times the legal limit.
The man was charged with DUI, enhanced DUI over 0.150 percent, driving with a suspended license, running red lights and damaging a road surface.
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