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Man faces drunk driving charge after allegedly hitting police car

Being charged with drunk driving can unfortunately lead to serious repercussions, even if an actual conviction is never obtained. North Carolina residents who face a drunk driving charge can have their reputations in the community harmed by the mere allegation. A DWI conviction can lead to more serious consequences, such as financial penalties and even prison time. Nevertheless, state and federal law guarantees each individual charged with a crime the presumption of innocence until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Recently, North Carolina authorities charged a man with DWI in connection with a car accident that injured a police officer. Authorities allege that the officer's police cruiser was rear-ended by the alleged drunk driver's vehicle. That officer suffered some minor injuries in the collision, for which he received treatment at a nearby hospital. An initial report did not indicate whether the accused man was injured in the accident.

Police officials who conducted an investigation into the incident ultimately concluded that the man was driving while intoxicated at the time of the crash. Based upon their belief, they later charged the man with DWI along with failure to reduce speed. The man was released from jail after posting bond.

The accused driver will likely need to prepare a defense against the drunk driving charge leveled against him. Despite the fact that a police officer was injured in this incident, the community at large would do well to avoid leaping to conclusions that the man was driving while impaired. North Carolina law requires that prosecutors present evidence at trial that a person has committed the crime they are accused of committing. Any failure by the prosecution to meet the stringent burden of proof required will result in a favorable result for the accused.

Source:, "Officer injured in early morning accident," Holden Kurwicki, Sept. 22, 2012

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