A man who was accused of causing two wrecks in Texas while under the influence of alcohol was taken into police custody on Dec. 11. The first accident occurred at approximately 11 p.m. while the second accident, which left a 40-year-old driver dead, occurred a short time later.
The accused man was reportedly operating a GMC Sierra when he collided with the back end of a pickup truck near a northwest Houston intersection. The driver of the pickup truck, an unidentified woman, reportedly attempted to get the other driver to pull over in order to exchange information, but he continued driving. The woman stated that she then continued driving while calling 911.
Authorities stated that the woman continued driving for approximately 1 mile until she reached the West 43rd Street and Rosslyn Road intersection where she saw that the accused man's Sierra had been involved in a crash with another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle, a black Chevrolet Tahoe, was transported to a nearby hospital where he died as a result of the injuries he suffered. The accused man was aided by witnesses, who claimed that they smelled the odor of alcohol. He was treated for his injuries before being taken into custody. He was ultimately charged with DWI and failure to stop and render aid.
In Texas, drunk driving charges can carry hefty penalties if the person is convicted. However, attorneys can handle DWI cases in several ways depending upon the person's BAC when they were taken into custody and whether or not they have prior convictions. For instance, if the accused person was involved in a crash that resulted in a death, an attorney may find fault with the way in which the investigation was conducted, which could result in a dismissal of the case.
Source: Click2Houston.com, "Police: suspected drunken driver arrested after deadly wreck", Marisa Breese and Courtney Gilmore, December 12, 2014