Virginia Beach police have taken a local man into custody, alleging that he was intoxicated when he struck a police car on the side of the road. The drunk driving incident occurred shortly before 11:00 p.m. on Oct. 5. According to police reports, an officer had pulled a car over on Interstate 264 and was outside of the cruiser when the Virginia Beach man approached in his car.
A police spokesperson said that the man collided with the front portion of the officer's cruiser, causing damage to its bumper. The man's car then careened off of a guardrail and flipped over. Officers apprehended him and medics transported him to the hospital, where he received treatment for injuries sustained in the accident.
Police then brought him to the Virginia Beach Correctional Center. He faces charges of failing to move over for a stationary emergency vehicle and drunk driving. It is not immediately clear what method law enforcement officers used to obtain the man's blood alcohol content; there is no mention of a Breathalyzer administered at the scene or a blood sample taken at the hospital.
Virginia's DUI laws impose a bevy of severe consequences on those convicted of drunk driving, including the installation of an ignition interlock device on a person's car. Each person individually bears the not insignificant costs of maintaining these machines. Because of these consequences, Virginians charged with DUI should know what options they have to construct a defense to the charges against them. In some cases, a defense may expose flaws in the administration of blood alcohol tests or in the accuracy of equipment.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot, "Driver charged with DUI after hitting police vehicle," Amy Jeter, Oct. 7, 2012