Teenage Passengers to DUI Driver = Not a Good Thing

A driver of a Jeep Wrangler, containing 6 teenage passengers, was charged with DUI after losing control and crashing into a tree. The driver and four of the passengers fled after the crash. Several of the kids were injured. Its been reported by the police that the driver “had been drinking” prior to driving.A thought: While certainly it is never advisable to drink and drive, some nevertheless choose to undertake the endeavor. If you choose to do so beware, a crowded vehicle will likely end in disaster. The above news clipping suggests several things:

1) if a police investigation ensues, either due to traffic stop or crash scene investigation, you as the driver have provided an abundance of witnesses to your alleged illegal activity;

2) those witnesses will be leaned on by law enforcement (especially if those witnesses are engaged in illegal activity themselves, e.g. drug use or underage drinking) to prior evidence against you; and

3) if injured or in any way placed in a detrimental situation a result of your actions, will assuredly seek restitution from you either through the criminal and/or civil judicial systems even if one or more wholly, or in part, contributed to the stop/crash.

In other words, don’t drive drunk and certainly don’t drive drink with passengers. However, if you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI in Pennsylvania, call the McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. @ 610-680-7842. We can help.