There aren't many things as humiliating as being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. To add to the embarrassment, those arrested for DUI in Illinois often appear in local newspapers and websites for everyone to see. Facing DUI charges and the humiliation that comes with the entire process is enough to break even the strongest person. When a DUI charge occurs on the heels of an automobile accident, the experience can be especially traumatic.
A recent accident near Centralia resulted in a woman facing a DUI charge. The accident occurred on U.S. 51 around 9:30 pm. According to Illinois State Police, the driver of a Chevrolet Traverse was traveling southbound when the vehicle crossed the center line into the northbound lane and entered a ditch. Reports say the vehicle ended up on the highway after colliding with a culvert.
Police said a motorcyclist traveling southbound on U.S. 51 then collided with the back of the Chevrolet. Reportedly, the motorcyclist was injured in the crash and transported to a local hospital for treatment. Police said the driver of the Chevrolet was not injured but was placed under arrest and charged with a DUI.
Any criminal charge can do great damage to a person's record and reputation. Although a DUI charge can be extremely humiliating, it does not constitute a conviction. Those in Illinois who have been arrested and charged with DUI could benefit from discussions with a legal representative. An experienced litigator can determine the best course of action while protecting personal rights.