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DUI suspected in Arizona accidents

It is not always easy to determine the cause of a motor vehicle accident. A temporary lapse in concentration or judgment can cause drivers to make poor decisions on the road, which may bring them under suspicion for drunk driving. As a result, they may be subjected to a number of tests to determine their blood alcohol content and to figure out whether they may be under the influence of any other substances.

In Graham County, Arizona two recent accidents have led to investigations into possible DUI crimes. The incidents were separate and happened on different days. However, the drivers in each case could each face charges depending on the results of the investigations. The first woman is said to have left the scene of the accident during which she is believed to have crashed into a parked pickup truck. Her blood was taken for analysis to determine whether she was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

The second case occurred the following day, when a woman suffered multiple injuries during a vehicle rollover. Although the deputy attending the scene requested for a blood sample to be taken, she had lost too much blood during the accident for it to be safe to take any. She was airlifted to a hospital where she is believed to be in a stable condition.

What happens next for the first woman depends on the results of her blood test. Due to the latter woman's injuries, preventing her from participating in the usual tests, it may be difficult to prove whether she had alcohol in her system at the time of the accident.

It can be difficult to decide whether to submit to the tests that you are asked to perform following an accident. Failing the tests could lead to charges, but refusing them can result in immediate license suspension. Whatever the case, an attorney can be extremely helpful. They may be able to help you negotiate a hardship license or assist you in identifying any flaws in the investigation that may invalidate the evidence against you.

Source: Eastern Arizona Courier, "Wrecks during weekend possibly alcohol-related," Jon Johnson, June 26, 2014

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