It is always alarming when those in positions of authority take advantage of the power that comes with their position, thinking that perhaps the rules do not apply to them. The rules of the road are designed to protect all drivers and to hopefully reduce the possibility of a car crash whenever possible. One California deputy district attorney is apparently currently trying to use his position of authority to circumvent the law.
A criminal complaint has been filed against the deputy district attorney whose blood alcohol content revealed that he was legally intoxicated when he got into an accident. The man had apparently been traveling westbound at 70 miles per hour when he collided with a truck traveling eastbound. According to the California Highway Patrol, the man had crossed the median after unsuccessfully negotiating a curve, hit the oncoming truck, crossed back into the westbound lane and then went down a hill.
The deputy district attorney reportedly proclaimed his innocence, blamed the other driver and would not take a field sobriety test. The officers who arrived to make their report, however, apparently noticed that the man smelled of alcohol and had watery eyes. When both men were taken to a local hospital to have their injuries ascertained, the deputy district attorney's blood alcohol level revealed that he was, in fact, legally intoxicated. This is also not the first time that this man has had a similar brush with driving while intoxicated.
The driver who was struck apparently has suffered injuries, including a neck injury. He has reportedly had difficulty getting his medical claims taken care of because the deputy district attorney is not cooperating. In addition, the man alleges that he has been unable to pursue repairs on his truck for the same reason -- the deputy district attorney has not communicated with his insurance company.
Every car crash leaves a lasting impression. There are countless pieces that must be put back in order, from car repairs to possible medical needs, and the additional headache of an uncooperative other party can make the process even more trying. Under California law, victims may have the right to pursue compensation for their pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages.
Source: mercedsunstar.com, Sacramento County prosecutor faces drunk driving charges after Highway 50 collision, Brad Branan, Dec. 26, 2013