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Drunk driving may have played a role in bicycle collision

A Washington man was arrested after police claim that he struck a bicyclist who was also traveling on the same road. While they believe that there may have been multiple factors that contributed to the collisions, they suspect that drunk driving may have been one of them. The driver has since been charged with vehicular assault.

Around 10 p.m., the driver in question was driving a pickup truck on Highway 410, heading east. The 53-year-old bicyclist was heading in the same direction and was reportedly on the shoulder of the road. At the time of the wreck, the pickup apparently drifted out of its lane and struck the man on his bicycle.

What happens after a DUI arrest?

If a Washington officer determined that you were driving under the influence through a chemical test, then you would likely be arrested and charged with a DUI. For adults, registering a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher on a Breathalyzer test is considered a DUI, although other factors, such as a failed field sobriety test, may also influence this charge if you are under the legal limit. After an arrest, several things will occur.

After a DUI arrest, a license will automatically be suspended. This suspension can range anywhere from 90 days all the way up to two full years, although it may not go into effect until 60 days following an arrest. However, an administrative hearing may be requested within the 20 days after an arrest. This hearing grants you the opportunity to possibly retain your license and may be of particular importance to those who rely on their vehicle for essential transportation, such as going to and from work.

Field tests for suspected marijuana-related DUI

With recreational marijuana now legal in Washington, police are warning motorists that driving while high can result in an arrest for DUI. However, field sobriety tests that officers have previously used to identify suspected drunk drivers do not necessarily translate to those who are believed to be driving high. If stopped for a suspected DUI for being high, you can expect that a specialist will likely be called in.

Field sobriety tests for drunk driving typically include asking a motorist to walk in a straight line. If an individual is suspected to be high and not drunk, then walking that line may be no trouble at all. Conversely, they may be more likely to have trouble remembering what a police officer has told them or asked them to do.

We can fight your DUI related driver's license suspension

In Washington, if you have been arrested for a DUI, you may be unaware that you will actually have to deal with two court cases, not one. While your criminal court case is crucial to attend to, the administrative hearing for your driver's license suspension is also of importance. If you rely on your personal vehicle for commuting to and from work, for purchasing groceries or a myriad of other important activities, retaining your license can be important.

Before you DUI charge is even heard in court, you face the likelihood of losing your license. For those who registered a blood alcohol content of at least .08 percent, then you face a minimum of a 90 day suspension or a license revocation. While you have the right to refuse chemical testing -- such as a Breathalyzer or blood test -- if you do so, then you can potentially lose your license for an entire year.

What will an officer do if I am stopped for a DUI?

It can be intimidating to be pulled over by a Washington police officer, whether for a routine traffic infraction such as speeding or for allegedly suspicious driving behavior. If the officer suspects that you may be under the influence of alcohol, he or she will likely administer a variety of tests in order to determine if you are impaired. It is important to know your rights related to these tests if you are ever suspected of a DUI.

Drivers are subject to implied consent laws in every state in the United States. This simply means that drivers are assumed to have already given their consent to chemical testing if they are suspected of driving while under the influence. Chemical tests typically include Breathalyzers, urine or even blood tests. It is possible to refuse a chemical test, although there are consequences for doing so, such as a virtually automatic license suspension that can last anywhere from six months up to a year.

Driver in fatal accident accused of drunk driving

One person is dead following a fatal accident just off of a Washington highway, and at least three others were injured. Police believe that the driver who apparently caused the wreck was under the influence of alcohol while behind the wheel. He has since been charged with vehicular homicide related to the drunk driving accident.

The evening of the crash, a group of six men went to the theater to watch a movie about skateboarding. This activity was supposedly followed up by drinks and rounds of pool at a bar. Around 3 a.m., when the group had loaded back into vehicle, one of the men allegedly requested that the driver perform “slap the rail," which is a skateboarding move.

Police say motorcyclist accused of DUI was nude at the time

A Washington motorcyclist is behind bars following allegations of drunk driving. Although police say that it was a hit-and-run wreck, he was later arrested and now faces multiple charges related to the wreck. Aside from being accused of DUI, he also faces allegations of indecent exposure.

The 42-year-old man was riding his motorcycle when police say that he struck two other vehicles. They say he fled, and when they eventually located him, he was only a short distance away and also apparently naked. It is believed that he may have been riding his motorcycle nude at the time of the accident.

Man charged with DUI after being pulled over by motorhome

An unusual traffic stop ultimately led to the arrest of a Washington driver. The arresting police officer was not in a police cruiser at the time of the stop and was instead driving a motorhome that doubles as a mobile processing center for alleged DUI charges. While not typically used for such action, the motorhome does have emergency lights.

The incident occurred at roughly 3 a.m. when an officer was returning the motorhome to a local police officer. As he was leaving the Interstate, he claims that he spotted a vehicle that was operated suspiciously. Apparently, there were no other officers or police vehicles in the area that would have been able to pull the driver over.

DUI, vehicular homicide charges for man in single-vehicle wreck

A single-vehicle accident recently resulted in one injury and one death. Authorities suspect that the accident may have been caused by drunk driving, and the surviving individual in the wreck has been accused of DUI and vehicular homicide. Apparently, Washington police are still investigating the wreck.

While it is unclear why the driver lost control of his vehicle in the first place, Washington authorities believe that the man’s pickup drifted off of the road at the time of the incident. It subsequently struck a nearby guardrail, which caused the vehicle to roll. It ultimately came to a stop back on the road in the north lane of Highway 7.

Washington man charged with DUI after almost striking officer

Washington residents may be unaware that a drunk driving charge does not necessarily have to be related to alcohol. Recently, a man was charged with DUI after allegedly imbibing certain prescription medication. The authorities claim that he drove while under the influence of such medication and almost ran over the foot of a Washington police officer with his vehicle.

At the time of the incident, the officer was in the process of impounding a car. The man accused of the DUI is said to have driven his truck into the parking lot where the impounding was taking place, and ended up blocking the driver of the tow truck in. The officer involved approached the truck driver, but according to him, the driver insisted that he was not blocking the tow truck.

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