Theary Chan, 26, of Lowell, Massachusetts, was arraigned this morning in Lowell District Court on Drunk Driving Charges in connection with the death of Sgt. Patrick Johnson, an off-duty Lowell Police Officer who was struck and killed early Saturday morning.
Middlesex County Prosecutors allege that Chan was was driving drunk when his vehicle blew a stop sign and struck Johnson, was was riding his motorcycle at the intersection of Princeton Boulevard and Foster Street in Lowell.
Chan was arraigned for DUI / Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol and related Drunk Driving charges and bail was set at $5,000. As a result of the Chan allegedly causing the death of another, he could also be prosecuted for Vehicular Homicide.
DUI / OUI Charges in Massachusetts:
In every Massachusetts courtroom, Drunk Driving Charges are prosecuted very aggressively, no matter if it involved an accident or even death, as in the case above. Not only do DUI / OUI Charges carry a potential term of imprisonment, but they also carry serious penalties that include Driver’s License suspensions, fines, probation, counseling, drug/alcohol treatment, and/or community service.
The strength of your OUI / DUI defense depends on a variety of factors. For example, whether the police officer claim they could smell alcohol on your breath; if you were unsteady on your feet or had slurred speech; whether you were involved in an accident; had empty or open alcohol containers in the car; failed any Field Sobriety Tests; and/or if you took or Refused the Breathalyzer Test.
See also Massachusetts Drunk Driving Penalties.
Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis represents persons accused of OUI / DUI and related Drunk Driving Charges, such as Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Reckless Driving and Vehicular Homicide, and is available 24/7 for consultation.
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