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Florida man facing drunk driving charges after injuring deputy

Driving while under the influence can lead to an individual being arrested for a DUI, nothing shocking there. When a person is arrested for drunk driving it does not always mean a conviction is imminent, but it might be for one Florida man who likely needs a solid criminal defense attorney after his latest escapades resulted in his arrest on a number of criminal charges.

In Ormond Beach, Florida, a store manager of a truck stop made a phone call to law enforcement in late October after a man who appeared to be extremely drunk came into the store. According to a press release by the Volusia County Sheriff's Department, the manager reported that the man was having a hard time walking because he was so intoxicated.

The Sheriff's Department reported the man in question was found sitting in his vehicle behind the wheel at a gas pump by the time an officer arrived on the scene at 5:00 a.m. After the 34-year-old man realized law enforcement was on the scene, he put his car in gear and sped backward trapping the Sheriff's Deputy between his vehicle and the gas pump, injuring the deputy and damaging the gas pump in the process. He then allegedly put his car in forward, hit the accelerator crashed into the deputy's patrol car and continued down the highway going in the wrong direction.

According to the press release issued by the Sheriff's Office, once the man was caught by other deputies and refused to submit to field sobriety tests he was charged with driving with a suspended license, DUI, aggravated battery, resisting an officer using violence, fleeing a police officer and criminal mischief.

A DUI offense can be a serious charge, particularly when an officer has been hit as a result of an individual operating under the influence. Regardless of how incriminating the charges may appear individuals facing criminal charges need to be aware of their rights and of the fact that a skilled criminal defense attorney can go a long way in getting the charges either reduced through a plea bargain or attempt to gain a lighter sentence if the defendant seeks treatment.

Sources: Sun Sentinel, "Report: Drunk driver crashed into patrol car, pinned deputy against gas pumps," Barbara Hijek, Oct. 30, 2012

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