When accidents occur on the roads of Illinois, officials quickly step in to determine the cause of the incident and try to prevent its repetition. As such, this often involves the investigation of any drivers involved in the crash, in order to determine whether any may have been under the influence of alcohol. If officers believe you to have been driving drunk, or your blood alcohol concentration is found to be at or above the legal limit of 0.08 percent, you could be charged.
In Penfield, a one-vehicle accident is reported to have resulted in injuries to the driver and his passenger. The incident, which is said to have occurred at about 1:30 in the morning, left the 22-year-old passenger in a critical condition. The extent of the driver's injuries was not confirmed, but both men required being cut from the vehicle.
The vehicle is believed to have hit a culvert after running into the ditch. Reports claim that tests later found the driver to have a BAC of 0.28 percent. He was accused of drunk driving as well as improperly using lanes. If convicted, he could face serious penalties. However, any worries about criminal charges might not be at the forefront of his mind, as his present concerns are likely to be with his injured friend.
If you are facing charges in connection with a suspected drunk driving offense, you might benefit from the support of an attorney. While you are dealing with the pressure of a criminal investigation, it can be hard to keep track of all the important details and construct a viable defense. However, your attorney may be able to assist you with this and support you through the legal process.
Source: The News-Gazette, "Two injured in alleged DUI crash near Penfield," Mary Schenk, Aug. 15, 2015