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Alleged driver in fatal accident declines Breathalyzer test

Having an enjoyable time with friends is what most young people look forward to when they have spare time. Occasionally, consuming alcohol can be a part of the festivities among gatherings. While it is important that alcohol consumers act responsibly, mistakes in judgment sometimes occur. If a person if questioned by authorities for drunk driving, they could be facing a Breathalyzer test

An allegedly drunk driving accident resulted in two deaths in Missouri. The suspected driver was reportedly travelling at excessive speeds when he lost control as he was attempting to navigate a curve in the road. Two of his passengers were ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Another passenger was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the roll-over crash.

An officer suspected the driver of intoxication and the man perform field sobriety tests, which he was reportedly unable to pass. The driver allegedly refused to conduct a breathalyzer test, and officers purportedly later obtained a warrant for a blood sample. The results of the toxicology test from the blood were not disclosed at this time. 

Though the driver was taken into custody, he is considered innocent until -- and only if -- he is found guilty by the court. He may wish to look into Missouri DUI proceedings and laws relevant to his case and gather any pertinent information regarding his case. The accused also has the ability to request any evidence the prosecution may have against him in order to better prepare his defense should be choose to present one. Because he decline the Breathalyzer test, the driver may also want ensure that proper police protocols were followed as authorities obtained the warrant for his blood sample.

Source: The Joplin Globe, "Alcohol, speed suspected factors in fatal crash Saturday," Jeff Lehr, June 17, 2013

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