On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
According to law enforcement authorities with the Florida Highway patrol, an allegedly intoxicated driver crashed into a pickup truck, causing the truck to burst into flames. Reportedly, the accident occurred on Feb. 13 in the northbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike around 7:30 a.m. in Boca Raton.
Officers allege that a 34-year-old Boynton Beach woman driving a Chevy Malibu crashed into a pickup truck carrying three men to a job site. Reportedly, the woman swerved into the truck. The force of the collision allegedly caused a spark to ignite the truck’s gas tank, causing the tank to explode and the truck to burst into flames. Fortunately, the three occupants of the truck were not injured in the fiery accident.
Responding law enforcement authorities reportedly tested the woman’s blood alcohol content. According to their reports, the woman’s blood tested at .116 percent, above the legal limit for driving in the state. The woman was placed under arrest and taken into custody. She was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail where she was being held without bond.
DUI charges can expose those charged with significant criminal penalties in the event they are convicted of the offense. When a DUI charge includes allegations of causing an accident, the potential penalties may be more severe. In the event someone is seriously injured or killed in an accident caused by an allegedly drunk driver, the driver may face a long prison term. Those who are so accused may benefit by seeking the prompt help of a criminal defense attorney. An attorney may be able to devise a strong defense strategy upon a careful review of the case’s facts. An experienced lawyer may also be able to negotiate a favorable plea for his or her clients in order to help them avoid incarceration.
NBC Miami, “Pickup Truck Catches Fire on NB Turnpike in Boca Raton,” Feb. 13, 2015