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Man involved in Michigan police chase charged with drunk driving

There are many incidents in Michigan where the details leading up to motor vehicle accidents remain unclear. Often, law enforcement agents launch formal investigations, and they may even bring in re-enactment crews whose jobs are to recreate an accident as accurately as possible in order to help authorities determine a cause. In the meantime, even before any conclusive decisions are reached, one or more persons may be charged with traffic offenses or criminal infractions, especially if drunk driving is suspected.

An accident took place after a police chase on a recent Saturday morning. Apparently, a police officer claims to have been traveling southbound when he noticed another vehicle driving in a reckless manner. He reportedly informed his dispatcher of the unfolding incident and attempted to pull the vehicle over for a traffic stop.

Instead of complying, the 53-year-old man behind the wheel of the car allegedly took off, and a chase ensued. The officer claims that, at some point, he lost sight of the fleeing vehicle. However, he came upon the car later, which had rolled over in a ditch. Another vehicle was also found rolled over in a wooded area and is thought to have been involved in a collision with the first vehicle.

One of the occupants of the second car was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others were injured and transported to the hospital for treatment. The man who was driving the first car now faces several drunk driving charges, including intoxicated driving causing death and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing serious injury. The investigation into the Michigan accident remains ongoing. Of course, any person charged during a similar investigation would want to retain immediate legal guidance to determine what options may be available toward building a strong defense.

Source: Fox 17, "One dead in suspected drunk driving crash in Allegan Co.", Bob Brenzing, May 16, 2016

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