It is often easy for people, including law enforcement officers, to jump to conclusions about an accident that happens at a certain time of day, such as during the early morning hours. However, accidents can happen for a variety of different reasons, including lack of familiarity with an area or fatigue, at any time of day. Regardless, police in California suspect that a recent crash may have been the result of drunk driving.

The crash happened at approximately 2 a.m. on a day in December. According to reports, a sports utility vehicle driven by a 26-year-old man sideswiped vehicles that were parked on the street. The SUV then struck a tree and streetlight before hitting a house.

The house’s two occupants were uninjured. However, the owner claims that he discovered the driver half out of the SUV. Unresponsive at the time, he was transported to the hospital. While a spokesperson for the police department claims that DUI was suspected, reports indicate that the driver had not been charged in the days following the accident.

Despite the suspicions of drunk driving, those who live on the street claim that accidents are relatively common in the area. In all cases involving suspicions of criminal activity, there is a presumption of innocence. Even before charges are filed, people in California have found it helpful to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on their side to support them through questioning and other aspects of the process. The help of such a professional can often provide peace of mind for those who could ultimately be charged with a crime.

Source:, “SUV driver plows into Modesto house — after hitting cars, tree and streetlight“, Deke Farrow, Dec. 12, 2017