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Man accused of drunk driving following police pursuit and crash

A 24-year-old man has recently been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence following an alleged police chase and subsequent collision in Wisconsin. The penalties for a drunk driving conviction are serious enough on their own, and only increase in severity when additional charges are present. Although a traffic stop can be an intimidating process, attempting to flee from one is never a good idea, and may only increase any suspicion of wrong-doing.

According to police, the incident began when a deputy came upon a driver that was operating a vehicle in an erratic manner. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, and claims the man ignored the lights and siren and began to flee. They claim that a pursuit ensued, and that stop sticks were deployed by officers, which the driver struck before slamming into a nearby wall. However, he allegedly proceeded to evade arrest, and eventually slammed into a deputy's squad car in a nearby parking lot.

New bill in Wisconsin could increase penalties for drunk driving

A conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol carries significant penalties that can have a substantial impact on a person's future. In addition to potentially spending time behind bars and paying hefty fines, those convicted of drunk driving may also have their driving privileges suspended, which can create a variety of hardships in everyday life. A newly proposed law that will soon go before Wisconsin legislators could result in a minimum 10-year license suspension for those convicted of multiple drunk driving offenses.

According to reports, recent studies in the state suggest that as many as one-third of convictions for driving under the influence are repeat offenses. Convictions for repeat offenses already carry serious consequences, including suspension of driving privileges for up to three years and a requirement for an ignition interlock device. If this new bill is passed and signed into law, those convicted of a fourth or higher DUI offense would be required to wait a 10-year period before reapplying for a drivers license.

1 facing felony DUI charges following report from nearby driver

Many individuals have found themselves facing criminal charges following the allegations of another party. When authorities receive reports of a potentially intoxicated driver, officers are generally deployed to further investigate the matter. A Wisconsin man has been arrested on suspicion of DUI after a report given to police by a nearby motorist.

Police claim to have received reports of a possible drunk driver from another motorist. According to the information provided by this individual, the driver was traveling above the speed limit and riding closely behind other vehicles. An officer was sent out to investigate the situation, and upon locating the vehicle in question, proceeded to initiate a traffic stop.

Could the way you look lead to DUI charges?

When attempting to handle criminal charges of any type, you certainly know that evidence can play an important role in your defense as well as the prosecution's case against you. During the discovery portion of your criminal proceedings, you have the right to request the evidence against you in order to better understand what to expect and how to potentially plan ahead to face your case.

Though the United States Constitution protects you from being forced to incriminate yourself, you may still wonder what factors officers may take into account as evidence just from looking at you. When it comes to DUI charges, driver evidence could play a role in why a police officer takes you into custody on such allegations.

Death of 2 pedestrians leads to accusations of drunk driving

With many individuals choosing to walk to and from their destinations, drivers may need to exercise caution to avoid a potential catastrophe. With little in the way of protective barriers, pedestrian-related accidents can turn deadly, potentially leaving the driver to face criminal accusations depending on the underlying circumstances. A 46-year-old man in Wisconsin is facing drunk driving charges following a recent accident that reportedly led to the death of a woman and her child.

According to police, the incident took place around 7:30 p.m. on a recent Thursday. A woman and her daughter were reportedly walking alongside a road when they were suddenly struck by a vehicle. Although emergency responders were likely quick to arrive, unfortunately, both women were pronounced dead at the scene.

Wisconsin woman accused of drunk driving with minor in vehicle

Certain hours of the day may be considered more prevalent times for criminal activity. For those who choose to drive in the early hours of the morning, any erratic driving behaviors could lead to suspicions of driving under the influence of alcohol. A 34-year-old woman was recently arrested and accused of drunk driving with a minor in the vehicle following a traffic stop in Wisconsin.

Authorities claim to have initiated the traffic stop just after 3 a.m. after noticing a nearby driver exhibiting signs of erratic behavior. Upon approaching the vehicle, an officer asserts the woman was unable to speak clearly, and that an odor of alcohol was emanating from within. She was subsequently arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and transported to a medical facility for a blood test.

Car and house fire leads to drunk driving charges for 1

A Wisconsin man has recently been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol after his vehicle allegedly struck the home in which he resides. Facing drunk driving charges can be an intimidating process, and a conviction for similar offenses carries severe penalties. With the potential gravity of the situation, he is likely focusing on his defense in preparation for legal proceedings.

According to a witness, the man allegedly slammed into the side of his home on a recent Saturday morning, causing his vehicle to erupt in flames. The fire subsequently transferred to the house, allegedly forcing others to climb out of or jump through windows to escape the flames. Emergency responders are uncertain what may have caused the vehicle to catch fire, but note that the damage to the property was substantial.

1 facing felony drunk driving charges following alleged chase

With each successive offense, the penalties for driving under the influence increase in severity. In Wisconsin, a fifth offense or higher for drunk driving is a felony, and a conviction under similar circumstances could be devastating. A 43-year-old man is facing a fifth DUI offense after an alleged police chase in Wisconsin.

Police claim the chase began after the man allegedly struck several parked cars in the parking lot of a local hotel. They assert that he began to flee shortly thereafter, leading authorities on a high-speed chase through the area. After the chase came to an end, the man was taken into custody and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol.

I wasn't driving! Why was I arrested for DUI?

You knew that you had too much to drink, and you didn't want to drive. Instead, you decided to get into your car and wait until you were more sober. A police officer came along "just to check on you," and before you realized what was going on, you were under arrest for driving under the influence.

If this situation sounds familiar to you, then you could face charges for DUI even though you weren't driving. You could end up in this situation under any number of circumstances.

Woman facing felony drunk driving charges in Wisconsin

The consequences for a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol are severe, perhaps especially if additional charges are included. When an accident occurs, or if a minor is present at the time, those accused of drunk driving often face stiffer penalties. A woman was arrested and is facing similar charges after she allegedly hit a police cruiser in Wisconsin recently.

The accident is said to have occurred late at night on a recent Saturday when the woman was traveling home from a wedding reception with her husband and their 1-year-old child. According to authorities, she was merging onto Interstate 41 when she suddenly slammed into a police officer who was apparently standing near his vehicle. Police say the emergency lights on the cruiser were on at the time, and the officer suffered critical injuries in the process.

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