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Man arrested for drunk driving in West Virginia

A 45-year-old man has been accused of drinking and driving in West Virginia. The alleged drunk driving arrest took place on a recent Friday. It happened after police said the man tried to flee from them.

Police said they were patrolling an area to find a missing person. An officer saw a man operating a vehicle and noticed that the man had recently been taken into custody for driving under the influence. Thus, the policeman knew that the man lacked a legitimate driver's license.

Reportedly, the man ended up running the police officer off the road. Authorities said he then apologized for this act in a voice that was slurred. When police ordered the man to get out of his truck, the man allegedly refused before driving off. Police said they were able to catch him and arrest him, although the man is said to have refused to give them a breath sample.

When a person is taken into custody for drunk driving in the state of West Virginia, he or she has the right to go to trial to fight the charges. Alternatively, the individual may decide, alongside his legal counsel, to pursue negotiations for a plea agreement with the prosecution. The benefit of a plea deal is that it may offer lighter charges and/or a more lenient sentence compared with what would typically result following a finding of guilt at trial. In either situation, the criminal defense will pursue a favorable outcome that is ultimately in the accused person's best interest with regard to the circumstances surrounding the case.

Source: thedpost.com, "Suspected drunk driver takes police on chase", Alex Lang, May 21, 2016

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