While making an illegal U-turn may seem harmless at times, a similar decision could give authorities cause to initiate a traffic stop. In many cases, a moving violation may lead to little more than a warning or a monetary fine, but it could also give authorities time to further investigate suspicion of unlawful behavior. A 45-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving following a recent traffic stop in Wisconsin.
According to reports, the incident took place on a recent Monday when authorities claim to have witnessed a driver making an illegal U-turn. They also assert that the driver was exhibiting difficulty maintaining proper lane control, and a traffic stop was initiated soon thereafter. Upon approaching the vehicle, police assert that a strong scent of alcohol was emanating from within and that the driver was exhibiting signs of impairment.
After administering field sobriety tests, authorities placed the man in custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. During this period, they assert that he refused to submit to a blood test, and although a warrant was obtained soon thereafter, the results of the test remain unclear. He is reportedly facing numerous charges in relation to the incident, including drunk driving and unsafe lane deviation.
Drunk driving charges carry serious consequences if a conviction is obtained. Those who face similar charges could benefit from consulting with a defense attorney early on for advice in making informed decisions concerning their case. An attorney in Wisconsin can evaluate the charges and evidence against a client and assist him or her in pursuing the best outcome possible during subsequent legal proceedings.