A 19-year-old man driving a Ford Explorer fled Maryland State Troopers and was chased by several police vehicles at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. The pursuit ended when the man crashed into another vehicle on Route 50 in Dorchester County on Sunday, July 4, 2010. He had been suspected of drunk driving.
According to ABC7News, six people, including the fleeing driver, in two vehicles were injured and taken to Eastern Shore hospitals. The two passengers in the alleged drunk driver’s vehicle were treated and released from the hospital.
The Maryland State Trooper had pulled over the 19-year-old man after witnessing several unsafe driving behaviors. After pulling him over, the Trooper noticed a strong smell of alcohol and asked the driver to step out of the vehicle. Instead of complying with the officer’s request, the driver accelerated, instigating the chase.
Drunk driving offenses in Maryland are common on holidays, such as Independence Day. Police are on higher alert during holiday seasons for DUI offenders. The laws regarding DUI and DWI are specific and may vary on a case-by-case basis. A first conviction in Maryland could include:
- License suspension
- Jail time
- Costly fines
- License penalty points
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence in Maryland, you should discuss your case with an experienced Maryland DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. The skilled criminal defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC can help you keep your license and your job. Call 866-444-6363 today for a free case evaluation regarding your case.