Imagine trying to do the right thing following an accident that took place. Maybe you left the scene and returned before police arrived and decide to tell them, or you turn yourself in after hitting a mailbox or causing other damage. You’d expect them to accept your report without accusing you of other crimes. In this case, a man decided to report a hit-and-run to the police, but they decided that they should arrest him for drunk driving.
According to this case, a 31-year-old man called the Louisiana State Police to say that he had been involved in a hit-and-run accident that took place in Baton Rouge. The police told him that he could come in and fill out a crash report, according to the story, and the man complied. He came to the station with his 2005 Chevy Trailblazer at around 3:45 a.m. to do so.
When he reported to the police station, the officer who wanted to take care of his case reported that the man seemed to be under the influence. So, he made him take field sobriety tests. According to the news report from May 12, the man failed his sobriety test, and that was what resulted in his drunk driving charge. Unfortunately, the man also lost his driving privileges, although it’s not clear if he was the one who left the scene of the hit-and-run accident or was the victim in that case.
The man now won’t have a license to drive and while trying to report an accident was forced to deal with drunk driving charges. A license suspension like this could limit his work options, like yours could for you. Defending yourself against a license suspension may help you be able to get to work, and there are ways to protect yourself against losing your license that you may want to consider.
Source: The Washington Post, “Louisiana man drives to police station, gets arrested for drunk driving” Mark Berman, May. 12, 2014