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Man charged for drunk driving after rolling down embankment

On Jan. 4, a California man was accused of driving drunk after he was involved in an accident on Highway 101. The alleged drunk driving incident took place in the southern region of the San Jose city limits while the accused driver was traveling southbound on Highway 101 in a 2002 Honda Accord. Shortly before 10:15 a.m., the 19-year-old man struck a 2011 Lexus E350 near Bailey Avenue while he was allegedly making an unsafe lane change.

Following the collision, the accused driver continued to travel onto the Bailey Avenue exit before missing a left curve and crashing through a fence. The man's vehicle then fell 120 feet down an embankment while rolling several times. The couple that was in the Lexus was uninjured, though their vehicle sustained some damage.

The accused driver was airlifted to a hospital after the crash for treatment of abdominal injuries and a broken leg. By the next day, he was still checked into the hospital, but there were no reports about his condition. It is unclear what the man's blood-alcohol content was after the crash.

If they are taken to the hospital, people suspected of drunk driving may be given a blood test to measure their blood-alcohol level. Although blood tests are considered more reliable than other testing methods, they are not completely infallible. A criminal defense attorney might possibly be able to help a defendant in a DUI case argue that the blood draw was not properly stored or handled before it was tested for instance.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, "San Jose: Suspected DUI driver rolls down embankment while fleeing freeway hit-and-run", Robert Salonga, Jan. 5, 2015

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