In Washington and other states, law enforcement is out in full force at this time of the year, especially on roads around clubs, bars and other places where alcohol is served. Almost everybody has something to celebrate as the end of the year approaches, and those who choose to drink and drive might just as soon have to consider their criminal defense options. A 36-year-old man was arrested and locked up after allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident.
According to law enforcement, the suspected hit-and-run driver admitted to drinking alcohol at an establishment before the collision. Police say he admitted that he was scared after the crash that happened shortly after 5 p.m. on a recent Monday on Highway 99. They say he also admitted to fleeing the scene, leaving behind the injured driver of the other car. The vehicle of the missing driver was impounded, and the investigators identified the owner after obtaining a search warrant.
Two days after the hit-and-run accident, police went to the address of the owner of the impounded vehicle and arrested the man who they say was driving the car at the time of the crash. He is now facing charges of leaving a crash scene and vehicular assault. Further charges include driving on a suspended license and an ignition interlock violation that stems from prior drunk driving convictions.
Any driver who is arrested in Washington will be wise to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney available from the start can be an invaluable asset. Anything said or done during questioning or interviews with police could be used against the accused in court, and the lawyer can help protect the client's legal rights. The attorney can also examine any formal charges and scrutinize the evidence in preparation for the coming court proceedings.