The Washington Post reports that a 28-year-old man from Hagerstown, MD faces multiple charges following a weekend crash that left him with minor injuries. Maryland police state that troopers responded to a call about a vehicle collision at Devil’s Backbone County Park around 7:45 p.m. on January 8. Police say the driver crashed a Jaguar into a tree and left the scene. During the investigation of the accident, police had also received information that a Jaguar had been reported stolen. Authorities say they found the suspect walking on U.S. Route 40, and after being treated for his injuries, arrested and charged him with auto theft, negligent driving, driving under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, as well as other charges.
The common thought is that a Maryland DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) charge only constitutes the use of alcohol; however, the use of an illegal drug, or combining illegal drugs with alcohol, also falls under these categories. Drugged driving is an increasing problem and public health issue as the concern is that driving under the influence of a drug can impair a person’s reaction time, judgment, and motor skills. In the state of Maryland, a person is guilty of a DUI if he or she is:
- Driving any vehicle while impaired by any drug so that he or she cannot drive a vehicle safely.
- Driving a vehicle while impaired by any controlled dangerous substance that a driver is not entitled to have under MD law.
The punishments one may face after being convicted of a DUI can be harsh and may include stiff penalties, license suspension, or even time in jail. The Bethesda DUI defense attorneys with Alpert Schreyer can you help build an aggressive defense and protect your legal rights throughout your case. For a free case evaluation with our legal team, please call (866) 444-6363.