Norcross, Ga. – According to reports from Gwinnett County Police Department, a driver has been arrested after being accused of crashing into a local apartment building, severing a gas line, and starting a fire that displaced dozens of people from their apartments this past week.
Police reported that the crash happened this past Monday night. The vehicle crashed into the side of the building which ignited a fire that completely engulfed several different apartment units. Gwinnett County has not released what charges the driver is facing.
DUI and Accidents in Georgia
If a driver is involved in a car accident, the accident itself can be used to support a DUI charge by showing that the driver was less safe to drive depending on the circumstances of the accident. A car accident may also frustrate a favorable negotiation with the prosecution.
DUI penalties are likely to be more severe when a car accident is involved even when no person or property was injured or damaged. Also the accident itself can be used as an indication of less safe driving, which is an element of the DUI offense itself.
If an officer sees a driver in distress, the officer has legal cause to approach the vehicle and investigate and offer assistance. The officer's primary duty is to aid all distressed drivers. However while aiding those drivers, the officer can also investigate the cause of the accident and a possible DUI offense. Also, the officer can charge the driver with anything he sees in plain view, such as drugs and marijuana found in the car.
Moreover, car accidents can lead to additional charges being filed against a driver. These charges can include but are not limited to:
- Striking a Fixed Object
- Hit and Run
- Following Too Closely
- Failure to Maintain Lane
Call our offices today if you've been arrested for any serious traffic violation in the state of Georgia. Our attorneys can help you with your case immediately.