An Illinois driver is facing potentially significant penalties after crashing his vehicle into a signpost. Law enforcement arrested the man, believing that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. If convicted of the drunk driving charges he is facing, he could suffer repercussions that could include time behind bars, loss of driving privileges, expensive fines and more.
Arrested and charged
The report indicates the driver struck a sign post along Broadway Avenue in Joliet, but police were not able to pull the driver over until he was several miles away. At the time of the traffic stop, he had two children in the car with him, ages 8 and 11. That evening, he was booked into the Will County Jail on the basis of aggravated driving under the influence and endangering the life and health of a child.
The vehicle came to the attention of law enforcement after noticing damage to the vehicle. Police noted the car had flat tires and other damage. After seeing this, Illinois police suspected he was the driver who struck the signpost and fled.
His best defense
According to police, the driver did admit to drinking that evening, and he was arrested on the basis of failed sobriety tests and other signs of intoxication. While the evidence against him appears to be strong, he is still entitled to a defense by which he can fight back. Instead of assuming a guilty plea or conviction are his only options, he would be wise to explore the ways he can seek to preserve his future interests.