Car accidents happen for a variety of different reasons. In some cases, a driver could become disoriented, resulting in a wrong turn or miscalculation, for example. However, law enforcement officers may be quick to assume that an accident is the result of drugs or alcohol. In fact, reports indicate that drunk driving is suspected in a recent car accident in California.
The incident reportedly happened just after 1:30 p.m. on a day in early March. According to reports, law enforcement officers received several calls reporting a southbound driver of a pickup truck in the northbound high-occupancy vehicle lanes of a California interstate. Soon after, callers reported the alleged wrong-way vehicle crashed into a northbound pickup truck.
A passenger in the first truck was transported to the hospital with injuries reported to be non life-threatening. The driver of the first truck was reportedly uninjured while the driver of the second is said to have reported feeling pain but did not require hospitalization. Police believe that the former was under the influence of either alcohol or drugs and was taken into custody.
Despite the driver’s arrest, it is unclear what led law enforcement officers to believe that drunk driving or drugs may have been a factor in the crash or what evidence supports their theory. Regardless of what California police may believe, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt for a person to be convicted of a crime. This standard is purposefully set high to avoid wrongful convictions and is often difficult to meet.