The Florida Highway Patrol arrested a driver in Volusia County on a recent Tuesday. It was alleged that the man was involved in a hit-and-run incident. He was also accused of DUI with children in his vehicle. According to an official report, witnesses saw the man leaving the scene of an accident.
Reportedly, a witness claims to have followed the driver and then provided officials with the vehicle's license plate number. Police later pulled the accused driver over and say that he smelled of alcohol. Police noticed three children in the van and claimed the driver walked away to be with the children while the police were reading him his Miranda rights. They say he consented, then refused to submit to a field sobriety test.
Authorities assert that the man resisted arrest, prompting police to use a Taser in response. Although the Department of Children and Families was called to take charge of the children, authorities released them into the custody of their aunt. The driver is now facing property damage charges along with leaving the scene of an accident, drunk driving, resisting arrest and neglecting the three children by endangering their lives.
Whenever a driver in Florida finds him or herself in a similar situation, the most logical step might be to get in touch with an experienced DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can scrutinize the charges, the evidence and the procedures used during the arrest. From those facts, a defense strategy can be devised with the goal of achieving the best possible outcome.
Source: clickorlando.com, "Man arrested on DUI charges after hit-and-run, officials say", Oct. 11, 2017