Perhaps your son or daughter went to a friend's house to hang out. What you didn't know is that he or she had a beer or two while there. When your child left that location to come home, a police officer initiated a traffic stop. While talking to your underage driver, the officer suspected that your child had been drinking.
First, do not panic. Just because a police officer arrested you on suspicion of drunk driving does not mean that you will face charges or end up with a conviction on your record. Before you talk to anyone or take any other action regarding your arrest, be sure to understand your legal rights.
Were you pulled over and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving? Like law enforcement officials in most states, Washington police officers more than likely carry a portable breath testing (PBT) machine to help them determine whether your blood alcohol level was above the legal level of .08 percent.
A conviction for aggravated DUI can lead to the loss of driving privileges, serious fines and even jail time. Along with these severe penalties, an aggravated DUI offense can potentially damage your reputation and harm your career.
A running back for the Washington State University football team is in hot water after being arrested on the morning of Jan. 17, according to local sources. Jamal Morrow was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. He now faces DUI charges. He was scheduled to make his first appearance in court on Jan. 19, and it is unknown if he will face disciplinary action from his school or team as well.
A prominent hotel owner has been once again arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to local sources. Phil Lovingfoss has been arrested by Washington authorities for DUI charges in the past, with this incident being the latest. He is believed to have been under the influence of prescription medication at the time of his arrest.
A driver in Lewis County is facing serious charges after an accident on Interstate 5 on Dec. 3 led to his arrest. Washington authorities arrested the 36-year-old man, who now faces drunk driving charges as well as assault and vehicular assault charges pertaining to the crash. He made his first court appearance the following day and was due back in court as of Dec. 7.
A 30-year-old man is facing charges following a fatal accident on State Route 16, according to local sources. The man is facing vehicular homicide charges filed by Washington law enforcement after he allegedly rear-ended a vehicle operated by a 71-year-old man, resulting in his death. Police do believe that driving under the influence may have contributed to this tragedy.
A man believed to have been drunk behind the wheel has been detained and charged, according to local sources. Washington police arrested the man after he reportedly drove 14 miles in the wrong direction on Route 3 on the night of Nov. 1. The 23-year-old man faces drunk driving charges, as well as reckless endangerment and reckless driving. He could lose his license and face jail time and heavy fines if convicted.
An officer in Everett has been charged following a rollover crash, according to local sources. The Washington police lieutenant is facing DUI charges after an Aug. 25 accident in which the man apparently rolled his truck and trailer. The 60-year-old veteran is currently the subject of an internal departmental investigation, and is not currently working in his capacity as the head of the investigations division.