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Florida man reportedly causes crash, faces DUI charges

A 36-year-old man reportedly caused a car accident on a recent Saturday night in Florida. As a result, he is facing DUI charges. Regardless, the accused man remains innocent before the court until and only if prosecuting attorneys can prove him guilty according to the exacting standards of our criminal justice system.

Reportedly, it was raining on the night of the crash. Police say the man was driving too fast in his Mercedes and was unable to keep his vehicle from striking a vehicle in front of him. The Honda in front of him was apparently attempting to make a U-turn. Neither of the drivers suffered serious injuries, and a passenger in the Mercedes was not injured.

Field sobriety tests are commonly used, but not entirely accurate

It is safe to say that most, if not all, Florida drivers are aware that driving while under the influence of any impairing substance is not without consequence. Officers who believe a driver is impaired can initiate a traffic stop and perform a series of roadside tests. These are known as field sobriety tests which, while commonly used, are not always entirely accurate.

There is a list of standard and non-standard sobriety tests officers tend to use in a traffic stop. Most will use the three standardized tests -- the horizontal gaze nystagmus test or HGN, the walk-and-turn and the one-leg stand. Each of these test a driver's ability to focus, follow directions and balance.

Miami Hurricanes QB Kevin Olsen arrested on suspicion of DUI

Florida residents are likely well aware of the fact that many college students like to party. However, that social stigma can often be misconstrued. While many college students drink and drive, it is not a fact that they all partake in such activities. There are many factors that are necessary to prove that one is guilty of DUI. These factors will be something that one Florida college student will be interested in going over carefully. 

The quarterback for the University of Miami has recently been arrested and charged with DUI. Apparently, the authorities were involved in another case when they were brought to the attention of a Dodge Challenger, which was being driven by the quarterback. It was not mentioned as to what actually prompted the investigation of Kevin Olsen or the vehicle.

Charges dropped against man charged with DUI manslaughter

One individual in Florida was accused of driving while under the influence of marijuana in 2013. At the time that he was allegedly high, he became involved in a car wreck that killed several people. However, the man's charges of DUI manslaughter were recently dropped by prosecutors.

The accident led to the deaths of five people, ranging from the ages of 14 to 22. All of them passed away after the man, said to be 22, reportedly drove his car down an Interstate exit ramp and collided with their vehicle. Although he was said to have been high on pot when the crash occurred, state experts and the man's criminal defense team questioned the validity of his blood test outcome. There is a chance that the blood that was tested ended up not being the man's, or perhaps his blood test was not accurate.

Prominent businessman to face DUI retrial in Florida

Upholding the proper legal process is of utmost importance. This ensures that defendants receive a fair trial and that they are presumed innocent during all stages of the trial procedd. It seems that there was an error in the legal process connected with the DUI case of a prominent millionaire businessman in Florida, who is known for having a passion for the sport of polo.

The businessman was initially convicted of DUI manslaughter as well as vehicular homicide in his first trial which occurred in March 2012. However, the 49-year-old man was able to successfully appeal the verdict. He argued that his trial was unfairly biased against him due to juror misconduct. Apparently, one of the jurors failed to inform the parties that one of the juror's former wives was arrested for DUI during the jury selection process.

Woman facing 21 years of incarceration for felony DUI charge

A Florida woman who was allegedly driving a vehicle that was involved in a car accident in Jan. 2014 is now facing as many as 21 years behind bars. She has been charged with DUI with associated property damage as well as DUI manslaughter, which is a felony DUI charge. These charges come after the accident in which her passenger was killed. On Sept. 2, 2014, she entered a plea of no contest to the aforementioned charges.

Apparently, she was driving the vehicle early that morning when she lost control of her car after striking the roadside curb. The vehicle struck both a mailbox as well as a utility pole. Reportedly, the car struck these items at a very high rate of speed on the passenger side. The impact of the crash killed her 25-year-old male passenger.

Driver has felony DUI charges dropped in Florida

It can be intimidating to be charged with a crime by prosecutors. This is particularly true if the charges are related to a fatal car accident. One man was facing exactly this after he allegedly caused a crash last year in Florida. However, the man has recently been able to have the felony DUI charge against him dropped by prosecutors.

Apparently, the blood samples taken from the defendant were questionable, according to state experts as well as defense attorneys. Due to the concerns over the validity of the blood samples taken from the driver hours following the crash, the prosecutors decided to drop the DUI manslaughter charges they had previously filed against the defendant. The car crash resulted in five deaths, including the deaths of three teenagers.

Greyhound Bus driver allegedly failed a DUI field sobriety test

The driver of a Greyhound Bus was recently arrested for a DUI by the Florida Highway Patrol. It is unclear what, if any, chemical tests were used, although he apparently failed a DUI field sobriety test. Greyhound Bus Lines have also reported that they will be running an investigation alongside the police.

At about 8:30 p.m., a passenger on the Greyhound Bus called 911 to report that the driver was acting strangely. The female passenger claimed that the driver seemed fidgety and even said that they witnessed a car almost run out of its lane by the bus. She also noted that he was continually placing his head against the bus' steering wheel.

Passenger calls police, bus driver hit with DUI in Florida

When a person is in charge of driving a commercial passenger bus, he or she is responsible for the safety and lives of the passengers and others in or near the roadway. Just as with other motor vehicles, it is against the law to drive a commercial vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. One bus driver in Florida has been charged with DUI under somewhat unique circumstances.

The incident occurred in late August when the driver of a Greyhound Bus was arrested for driving under the influence. A concerned passenger on the bus was the first to alert the police. The caller apparently claimed that the bus driver was operating the bus in a reckless manner. The passenger reportedly told the operator that the driver had almost ran another vehicle off the road and had been fidgeting for about 90 minutes for some reason.

Man arrested for DUI after allegedly failing variety of tests

A Florida police officer said that he took notice of a truck that was approaching his cruiser. He said that the truck was driving at a speed over the posted speed limit. However, the truck driver was also dragging a tree behind his vehicle. The 21-year-old truck driver was pulled over after that. Now, the man faces a DUI charge.

The officer said that the man appeared to have slurred speech and glassy eyes. He also said that he could smell alcohol. The man supposedly submitted to field sobriety testing, which he allegedly failed. It was reported that he was unable to stand straight and would not walk a straight line. However, in some cases, individuals who are sober can't perform these tasks due to issues with balance.

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