When driving in the early morning hours, there may be additional obstacles to overcome. For example, a person may be fatigued in addition to dealing with reduced visibility caused by lack of daylight. Many drivers who find themselves in such a situation could be suspected of drunk driving or being under the influence of drugs. A FedEx driver in California has recently been charged with DUI following on early morning accident that injured a police officer.
The incident happened at approximately 3:30 a.m. one morning in early May. According to reports, a police officer with the California Highway Patrol was investigating a non-related hit-and run accident. While investigating, the FedEx truck allegedly hit a patrol car. The officer was outside of the car, but suffered serious injuries.
Fortunately, the officer is expected to survive. The driver of the FedEx truck, a 41-year-old man, has since been arrested. He is suspected of driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.
There are many questions regarding this accident that are unclear, including what led officers to believe that the man was under the influence at the time of the accident. In many cases, some symptoms of drug or alcohol use can be similar to those related to fatigue. Unfortunately, it is easy to make assumptions when it comes to accidents that occur at a certain time of day. To help ensure that they have a dedicated advocate on their side, many people in California facing drug and/or drunk driving charges seek the help of an experienced attorney.
Source: abc10.com, "FedEx driver who hit CHP officer with truck arrested on DUI charge", May 7, 2016