Fleeing the scene of an accident is never a good idea and may also cause authorities to have increased suspicion of criminal activity. Unfortunately, an individual may panic when facing a similar situation, especially if he or she has several prior convictions on record. A man is allegedly facing his seventh drunk driving offense after he allegedly caused damage to several properties in Wisconsin.
Police assert that a call was placed about a possibly impaired driver who was exhibiting erratic behavior out on the road. Reportedly, the driver allegedly ran over multiple mailboxes and drove onto several properties before eventually slamming into another vehicle. According to police, he then attempted to leave the scene and was found hiding nearby shortly thereafter.
Upon locating the man, police began to administer field sobriety tests, which they assert he failed. He was taken into custody and charged with OWI, which would reportedly be his seventh offense if convicted. Successive convictions for a similar offense increase in severity, and with six previous convictions on record, the man will be facing felony charges, which inherently carry serious penalties.
With the potential weight of the consequences against a person who is accused of successive drunk driving charges, seeking assistance for the road ahead is often advisable. By speaking with a defense attorney, a client in Wisconsin could obtain guidance on the potential consequences and outcomes, as well as assistance on the best course of action to take during court proceedings. Should a conviction be unavoidable, an attorney can assist a client in pursuing the most favorable outcome possible given the circumstances.
Source: wxow.com, "Jackson Co. deputies arrest Black River Falls man for 7th OWI", July 5, 2017