Kent County, DE- A Dover man has been charged with his third DUI after causing an accident that sent motorist to the hospital.

Dover police arrested 35 year-old Antoine Collier on Saturday, January 10th when police noticed he appeared intoxicated while they were investigating a traffic accident near Walker and Saulsbury Roads, Delaware Online reported.

According to police, Collier was traveling at a high speed when he approached an intersection where two cars were sitting. Collier’s SUV struck the rear of a Nissan Altima which was then pushed into the rear of a Jeep.

The driver of the Nissan was injured and received treatment for abdominal and back injuries.

Delaware Online reported that Collier was charged with aggravated vehicular assault and DUI. His DUI charge was upgraded to a felony because it was his third offense.

In Delaware, a conviction for a third DUI carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail. On top of that a convicted offender will face hefty fines, have their license suspended for two years. If you have been charged with a DUI in connection to a traffic accident, your need to contact a Kent County DUI attorney without hesitation, this charge will affect you in more ways than you realize.

Thankfully, this accident was not fatal, but far too many DUI accidents in Delaware do prove to be fatal. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 47 percent of fatal accident is Delaware are caused by drunken drivers. That is significantly higher than the national average; one-third of all fatal accidents in the U.S. are caused by drunken drivers.

Because intoxicated drivers cause harm to so many people, DUI offenders soon find they are in serious legal trouble even if they didn’t cause an accident. So many people fail to understand how big an impact a DUI, whether it is a first or subsequent offense, can have on a person’s life. And the consequences don’t stop when a person has served their sentence.

You will pay for your DUI for years to come. Many offenders don’t realize that a DUI conviction bars them from obtaining certain professional licenses.  Or, that some employers are reluctant to hire anyone with a DUI on their record. They also don’t realize that their auto insurance premiums will skyrocket and remain high for years to come.

It is especially important to have an effective DUI defense lawyer in Delaware because the state has a lifetime look back period for DUI offenders. That means if you are a repeat offender any previous DUI, no matter how long ago it occurred, can be used against you in court. If you are facing a DUI charge in Delaware you need to enlist a DUI attorney to work on your defense. They know the laws and have insight that may help you avoid conviction and if that is not possible, an attorney can at least help you minimize some of the penalties you are facing.