When accidents occur on the roads of Illinois, a commonly suspected cause is often that one of the drivers may have been drunk. However, the pressures of being investigated and questioned when you’ve just had an accident can cause you to appear less coherent than you should. However, being charged with drunk driving does not mean you will be convicted, so it is important to stay calm.
A recent incident in Belleville saw one driver cited for driving under the influence after he crashed into a local fountain. The 28-year-old man was treated at St. Elizabeth hospital for his injuries, prior to being taken into custody. He also faces charges of failing to reduce his speed. The city’s mayor has stated that the driver will also be billed for the costs of cleanup and repair.
There were some costly damages done to the fountain and it was very fortuitous for the driver and everyone around that the fountain took the brunt of the collision. A rotary wrecker had to be called to remove the vehicle from the fountain, in order to avoid any more damage being done.
If this driver is convicted of drunk driving, he could face fines, license revocation or even jail time. If you are confronted with drunk driving charges in Illinois, it is important to act quickly. However, you are not alone—a knowledgeable attorney may be able to advise you. With the correct guidance, you may be able to have the case dismissed, or to avoid or reduce legal repercussions.
Source: BND, "Man faces DUI charge after damaging, crashing into, Belleville fountain," Jacqueline Lee, May 6, 2014