Motor vehicle accidents can unfortunately occur on highways for a myriad of different reasons. Whenever alcohol use is claimed or suspected by authorities in these incidents in Pennsylvania, the potential consequences of a drunk driving charge or criminal conviction can result in many sleepless nights by those facing such accusations. Such may be the case after a recent incident involving an off-duty police officer from Luzerne County.
In Pittsburgh, driving under the influence of alcohol can result in a DUI. One way to end up with a DUI charge is by registering a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. This results in an automatic DUI charge without further proof.
Officers nationwide use radar guns to enforce speed limits and catch drivers who may be breaking the law. Nationwide—except in Pennsylvania, where local police officers are banned from using the technology, making it the only municipality nationwide that has such limits. The technology in Pennsylvania is strictly reserved for state troopers.
A 29-year-old man is facing a homicide charge relating to a fatal crash recently that claimed the lives of three people. The accused was allegedly drunk driving when the tractor-trailer he was driving apparently hit the bumper of another vehicle that was in slowed traffic. He kept driving, hitting vehicles as he continued along the busy Pennsylvania interstate highway.
While the Keystone State does have some harsh punishments for DUI convictions such as hefty fines and jail time, it is one of the more lenient states on the controversial matter. Last year, the personal finance website WalletHub found Pennsylvania to be the 43rd strictest state on DUI laws, ultimately ranking near the bottom of the list. This is due to the state having low minimum sentences on DUI offenses and not charging an automatic felony no matter how many times the suspect did it.
A 53-year-old man has been charged in connection with an incident that pinned a 31-year-old woman underneath his vehicle. Police say the Easton resident has been charged with drunk driving and vehicular aggravated assault after he allegedly ran over the woman outside a Bethlehem hotel in July. The woman suffered major injuries and spent four months in the hospital.
It is important for someone who is pulled over for reckless driving to make sure they don't go on to face a DUI. Sometimes, people drive dangerously not because they are intoxicated but instead because they were distracted.
A 24-year-old man has been charged with the death of a mother of five. Police say the Pennsylvania resident was drunk driving when he crashed into the woman's vehicle. He has 15 charges against him, including vehicular homicide. The crash happened around this time last year in the Point Breeze area of Pittsburgh, but police have just recently arrested the accused.
Police are on the hunt for a scarier than usual robbery suspect who allegedly prowled a trendy part of Pittsburgh. Once apprehended, the suspect will need to mount an aggressive criminal defense for these terrifying robberies in Pennsylvania in which he supposedly dons a mask identical to the one that appeared in the slasher movie, "Scream." The person, who is said to frequent the Shadyside area of the city, is wanted for three robbery incidents there.