Being arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol is obviously a cause for concern. Accusations of drunk driving can do irreparable damage to a person’s reputation. But a DUI charge, in and of itself, is not proof of anything.
Arrested after an accident
Recently in New Hanover County, an off-duty Wilmington Police Department officer was arrested after a collision. The incident happened during the afternoon hours near the 5300 block of Gingerwood Drive. Apparently, the officer was driving a pickup truck south on Gingerwood Drive and attempted to make a U-turn. According to reports, he drove off the right side of the roadway and hit a parked vehicle as well as a pedestrian.
The pedestrian was treated for minor injuries. Reports said the pedestrian was a passenger in the pickup truck and had just exited the vehicle to walk on foot. Police suspected the driver of being intoxicated and placed him under arrest. Reportedly, investigations into the incident are being conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation while the WPD is doing an internal investigation.
Although a DWI or DUI charge is not a conviction, it can be a devastating experience. Fortunately, anyone who has been charged with a criminal offense in North Carolina has options to defend against the formal accusations. By obtaining the services of a skilled criminal defense attorney, those charged can ensure their personal rights are protected while working through the entire legal process to achieve the best possible result.