There are a variety of scenarios in which a person might exhibit erratic driving behavior. In some cases, it may take little more than a moment of inattention to cause an individual to experience difficulty maintaining proper lane control. Unfortunately, an off-duty police officer has been arrested and accused of drunk driving during a recent traffic stop after he was pulled over for driving erratically and pulling a trailer with a burnt-out tail light in West Virginia.
Law enforcement agents advised that the incident took place on a recent Sunday as they encountered a vehicle that was pulling a trailer with a burnt-out tail light. An officer also asserts that the driver was exhibiting erratic behavior, and a routine traffic stop was initiated. Field sobriety tests were conducted during this period, and after he allegedly failed to perform them in a satisfactory manner, he was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving.
It remains unclear how police came to believe he was intoxicated at the time. After being taken into custody, he reportedly submitted to further tests, which allegedly indicated his blood alcohol content to be over the legal limit to operate a vehicle. He is now facing charges for driving under the influence and he has been placed on leave pending further investigation.
Being accused of drunk driving can be an intimidating process, and a conviction for similar charges carries serious consequences. Those who stand accused of such offenses could choose to speak with a defense attorney early on for guidance on the best course of action with which to proceed. An attorney can assist a client in West Virginia in forming a strong defense, and if a conviction cannot be avoided, assist in pursuing the best outcome possible given the situation.