A drunk driving conviction carries serious consequences, including fines, time spent in jail, and, under Virginia's new DUI law, the installation of an ignition interlock device on one's car. One man from Virginia Beach is facing all of those consequences after police allege that he hit a bicyclist last Friday and left the scene.
Police reports indicate that the bicyclist was going west on Virginia Beach Boulevard when the driver of the car, traveling in the same direction, hit the bicycle as it moved into the car's path. Law enforcement also alleges that the driver failed to stop after the accident and instead sped away.
Police later took the suspect into custody at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center, where he is being held without bond. Officers may have come to believe that the suspect was involved in the crash because it appears that the man's car was identified by witnesses at the scene. It is not yet clear when officers made the arrest or when they administered a test of the man's blood alcohol content.
The man has been charged with felony hit and run, second offense DUI and driving a vehicle without an operator's license.
There are a number of procedures that police officers must follow in drunk driving cases. These procedures are designed to protect a defendant's constitutional rights, which can come frequently into play in these cases. Because of the significant penalties that the law can impose on drunk drivers, it is important that defendants know what rights they have and what options they have to protect them.
Source: WAVY.com, "DUI suspect charged in hit and run," Sept. 18, 2012
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