There are a multitude of scenarios in which a routine traffic stop may occur. Should an officer come upon a vehicle with a burned-out headlight, he or she may initiate a stop with the intent of informing the driver of the issue. However, if the officer becomes suspicious of criminal behavior during this stop, further investigation may ensue. A 34-year-old man has recently been arrested and accused of drunk driving following a recent traffic stop that allegedly took place under similar circumstances in West Virginia.
According to authorities, an officer came in contact with a driver that was operating a vehicle with a burned-out headlight and taillight on a recent Friday. After initiating a traffic stop and approaching the driver, the officer claims to have witnessed an open container of alcohol fall to the ground while the man was exiting the vehicle. This prompted the officer to search the vehicle, which allegedly unearthed the presence of more open containers in the back seat.
The officer also asserts that the man was operating the vehicle with a suspended license, and the driver was taken into custody soon thereafter. Although no information was provided as to the performance of field sobriety or breath tests, he is reportedly facing multiple charges following the incident, including driving under the influence. According to reports, the man has since been released on bond while awaiting further court proceedings.
Being accused of drunk driving can be a stressful and challenging process. Those who face similar charges may benefit from seeking guidance from a defense attorney in the initial stages of the process. An attorney in West Virginia can advise a client of the consequences he or she may face and subsequently assist in forming a strong defense for use during legal proceedings.
Source: theet.com, “Tunnelton resident arrested on DUI charge”, Nov. 14, 2017