A Christmas Eve shift turned deadly for one officer on the state roads recently. The California Highway Patrol officer was parked by the side of the road while monitoring traffic using a radar gun. The person who crashed into the officer's vehicle is in critical condition but will face drunk driving charges once he is released into police custody. Unfortunately, this tragic event did not need to occur, and the accused man is facing serious felony charges.
The accident was reported to be fiery and violent, crushing the patrol SUV into the size of a compact car. The police vehicle contained two individuals, and only one person has been reported as dead. Police officers stated that the individual who allegedly caused the crash was supposedly driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, although, at this point, the reason for the crash is only suspected.
Sadly, one man will not be returning to his wife and children to celebrate any more holidays. The high-profile nature of the possible wrongful death of a public servant will certainly affect the public's views of the case. To be fair, however, the critically injured driver has not had his opportunity to explain the situation.
When the nature of a crime is highly public, it can be challenging for the person accused to properly defend himself. Luckily, cases are not tried in the court of public opinion. The man -- should he recover from his injuries -- will likely be preparing a criminal defense against the drunk driving charges. Many other individuals in California like him have chosen to hire a criminal defense attorney for help in building a strong defense against charges.
Source: latimes.com, "CHP officer killed by suspected drunk driver on Christmas Eve in Northern California", Cindy Chang, Dec. 25, 2017