A Peabody man was arrested on Thanksgiving night on Massachusetts Drunk Driving Charges following an accident.
The man was arrested for several charges, including Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, Leaving the Scene of Property Damage and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
According to Swampscott Police, officers responded to a call for a hit and run, but were directed by a witness to an SUV with front end damage that was allegedly leaving the scene.
When officers stopped the car, they allegedly recovered a beer bottle from the passenger side floor; and reportedly smelled a “strong odor of alcohol” from the man, along with bloodshot and glassy eyes.
The Peabody man reportedly exercised his constitutional rights and refused to submit to any Field Sobriety Tests.
The man, however, reportedly failed to appear for his arraignment in Lynn District Court on these OUI / DUI Charges.
In many of these cases that are reported by the media of alleged drunk drivers who are stopped and police alleged glassy and bloodshot eyes, even with an odor of alcohol, most people think that these individuals are immediately guilty and have no chance at beating their case.
In the vast majority of cases, even evidence of some intoxication, may not be enough for the government to prove the charges against them.
Rather, almost every DUI / OUI case involves allegations of some evidence of intoxication. People should remember, however, that drinking and driving is not a crime. The government must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant consumed so that his/her ability to operate a vehicle safely was impaired.
For that reason, anyone charged with Drunk Driving in Massachusetts would be wise to immediately Contact a Massachusetts DUI / OUI Lawyer.
Boston DUI Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Drunk Driving Charges, including OUI / DUI, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Leaving the Scene of Property Damage.
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