Sacramento, CA- Besides getting behind the wheel in the first place, drunken driver are notorious for making bad decisions. One of those more common bad decisions is fleeing after causing a DUI accident. Such is the case of a Sacramento man who struck a pedestrian earlier this month.

On July 1st, a 24-year-old man was driving in Marysville jumped a curb and struck a pedestrian walking on a sidewalk. He then fled from the scene, according the KCRA.

Fortunately for police, a witness to the accident followed the driver and boxed him into a parking space in a nearby parking lot.

When police arrived he appeared intoxicated but refused to submit to a field sobriety tests and was taken into custody. Because his DUI arrest involved an injury accident his blood alcohol was tested in accordance with California DUI laws. That breathalyzer showed that he was three times the legal limit and he charged with DUI causing personal injury.

The victim, a 26-year-old woman, was struck in the chest by the vehicle’s rear view mirror and was able to walk to the hospital, KCRA reports. She was lucky that her injuries were not more serious.

The man who caused this accident should be thankful it wasn’t deadly or his charges could be far worse though the charges he is actually facing are also serious. Fleeing the scene of an accident makes you look guilty, whether you are or not, and changing that optic is difficult. That action can further point to guilt when you have been hit with a DUI. You certainly can’t the optics of your actions on your own, so you need to retain a defense attorney near you right away.

There are many costly consequences of a DUI charge including incarceration, suspension or revocation of your driver’s license and a requirement to install an ignition interlock device. On top of that, you will pay costly fines and fees and increased insurance premiums. DUI convictions have consequences that will affect all aspect of your life.

Your behavior when you’re drunk is not necessarily indicative of your character but, nonetheless, drunken driving can be dangerous and it is illegal. Courts recognize that people make very bad decisions when they are intoxicated. They understand that the actions you take in that state of mind may not be the actions of the real you and when you retain legal counsel they will use that to the benefit of your defense, so that you have a better chance of avoiding conviction.

If you have been charged with a simple DUI, a repeat DUI or a DUI involving an accident and/or a hit-and-run, USAttorneys highly recommends you retain an attorney immediately. Retaining a DUI attorney near you in Sacramento is the wisest thing you can do. Call today and allow one to explain the defense strategies that will work best in your case and get started on your case.