A Texas man was recently accused of driving while intoxicated for the third time. Police say that a high-speed chase that may have reached speeds of up to 120 mph ended in his arrest. If convicted of the pending charges, including DWI, he may face up to 12 years in prison. Nevertheless, he and his defense counsel will undoubtedly fight to achieve a different result.
Police say that a Texas man was traveling southbound on Highway 42 when he was allegedly spotted driving 12 miles over the posted speed limit. When a police officer turned his cruiser around to pull the vehicle over, the driver supposedly sped up. As the officer pursued the man, he noticed that the other vehicle had turned off down another road, apparently forcing him to perform a U-turn in order to continue the chase.
The officer says that he again checked the vehicle’s speed and noted that he was still traveling faster than the posted limit. The chase came to a close as the alleged speeder pulled into a driveway with his lights turned off. The pursuing officer supposedly noted the smell of alcohol on the man and later had him complete field sobriety tests, which the officer says were not performed well. A subsequent Breathalyzer exam was said to indicate a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.
This Texas man may already be familiar with the severity of allegations of DWI, as the arresting officer reported that he had two previous convictions for driving while intoxicated. In total, he has been charged with evading arrest, DWI as a third offense and driving without a valid license. As two of his charges are felonies that can impose jail time, the driver would be well advised to carefully review all allegations alongside his defense counsel before making a decision on how to move forward with his case. Any previous convictions do not indicate guilt for current charges, and legally, he is presumed innocent on all charges at every stage of the pending proceedings.
Source: news-journal.com, “Kilgore man faces felony evading charges”, , June 13, 2014