While there are a variety of scenarios in which authorities may deem it necessary to close down a road, sometimes those who live on the road may still need access to their homes. However, choosing to ignore road signs could increase suspicions of wrongful behavior, especially if the action places others in danger. A 36-year-old man in Wisconsin is now facing drunk driving charges after allegedly ignoring road-closed signs and driving his vehicle into a flooded area.
Law enforcement agents assert that they initially placed signs informing drivers that roads in the area were closed to traffic due to flooding issues. However, they claim that at around 9:42 p.m. on a recent Saturday, a man decided to ignore these signs and drive into the area. They assert that his vehicle became almost fully submerged in water soon thereafter and say that emergency responders were forced to rescue the occupants within.
While investigating the matter, police claim to have learned that the driver of the vehicle was impaired. However, no further details were provided as to what led them to believe that intoxication was a contributing factor. He was arrested shortly thereafter, and in addition to being accused of drunk driving, he also faces charges for causing injury to others.
Being accused of drunk driving can be a harrowing experience, and the penalties for a conviction for similar charges could have a devastating impact on a person's life. Those who stand accused of operating a vehicle while impaired could benefit for preparing for what comes next by focusing on their defense, and they could choose to retain the services of an attorney for assistance in the process. An attorney can examine the charges and evidence against a client in Wisconsin and assist him or her in pursuing the best outcome achievable during legal proceedings.