When a car accident happens during the early morning hours, police in California are sometimes quick to assume that drugs or alcohol played a role. However, many accidents that happen in the early morning hours could occur due to driver fatigue or confusion due to reduced visibility, for instance. In fact, police claim that drunk driving may have played a role in a recent wrong-way accident that sent two people to the hospital.
The California Highway Patrol says that it was informed about a vehicle headed north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 280. Although police say they set up a strip of spikes to stop the driver, the vehicle reportedly collided head-on with a southbound van. Police say the 25-year-old man drove over 20 miles in the wrong direction.
Both the alleged wrong-way driver and the 50-year-old driver of the van are said to have suffered major injuries and were transported to the hospital. The southbound lanes were closed for approximately three hours as a result of the collision. Although police believe that the younger driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision, it is unclear what led them to this conclusion.
Although it does not appear that the driver has been charged with a crime, it is possible that charges are pending upon the completion of the investigation. To help him understand the criminal process and the implications of any information he provides police officers regarding the accident and their allegations of drunk driving, he may choose to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to advise him. Such a professional can ensure that he is informed about his case, including the evidence against him and his response if he is ultimately charged.
Source: mercurynews.com, “20-mile wrong-way drive on I-280 ends in major crash; DUI suspected“, Eric Kurhi, Oct. 16, 2017