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Utility pole severely damaged in Georgia DUI crash

A 20-year-old man allegedly crashed his car into a utility pole on Waugh Street near Dalton High School around 5 a.m. on Sept. 18. The man reportedly tried to run away, but he was later apprehended by authorities. Police say that he was treated for minor injuries before being taken into custody on a drunk driving charge as well as for driving on a suspended license.

It was not reported what led police to believe that the man was intoxicated. They also claim that the man was speeding when he crashed into the pole. Traffic had to be closed on Waugh Street after the accident occurred and once again several hours later to allow crews to repair the pole.

Drivers who are charged with intoxicated driving may face several penalties. For instance, if an individual has a previous criminal record, he or she could face months or years behind bars. Moreover, those who are charged with an underage DUI may also have their licenses suspended or revoked for several years. However, with the help of a DUI defense attorney, it may be possible to avoid some or all of these penalties altogether.

A DUI defense attorney may be able to argue that a blood, breath or field sobriety test was conducted improperly. It might also be possible to argue that the test results were flawed due to police or equipment error. In some cases, this may be enough to cast doubt on the case against a defendant, which could lead to a dismissal of the charges.

Source: WRCB-TV, "UPDATE: Waugh St to close to replace pole damaged in crash", September 19, 2014