Pensacola, FL- Drunken drivers harm and kill thousands of people each year. Anyone on the road, whether they are biking, driving, or walking can be the victim of a drunk driving accident. Even police officers find themselves in the path of a drunk driver, as two Escambia County troopers recently learned.
Two Troopers Hit by Drunk Driver in Escambia County
On May 27, 2017, around 3:30 a.m., two Escambia County Troopers were conducting a suspected DUI stop when they were struck by a passing vehicle, North Escambia.com report. One of the troopers was sitting in the patrol car, and the other was taking the suspect into custody when the patrol car was rear-ended by John Vincent Pluas, 32, who was impaired when the crash occurred.
North Escambia.com reports that one of the troopers suffered minor injuries and the other trooper and the detainee were hospitalized.
Pulas was arrested and charged with felony DUI with serious bodily injuries, felony driving while license suspended, reckless driving, no proof of insurance, failure to register a vehicle and DUI property damage, according to the Pensacola News Journal.
Penalties for Drunk Driving Accidents
If you hit a law enforcement officer, the prosecution is going to seek the maximum. You need to prepare for harsh sentencing and hire a DUI lawyer in Pensacola to work on your defense. Below are the possible sentences for a conviction of a DUI involving an accident according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles:
DUI Misdemeanor Conviction– A DUI involving an accident that involves a minor personal injury or property damage is a misdemeanor charge. The maximum jail penalty is up to one year in jail and a license suspension period of
DUI Felony Conviction– You can face a felony DUI if you are a repeat offender or cause an accident that results in serious bodily harm is a third-degree felony punishable by five years in jail and $5,000 in fines.
Manslaughter and Vehicular homicide-A DUI manslaughter charge and vehicular manslaughter charge is a second-degree felony which carries a 15-year jail sentence and up to $10,000 in fines.
Vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident- A vehicular manslaughter charge with a leaving the scene of an accident enhancement is a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years of incarceration and a maximum fine of the $10,000.
Other consequences of causing an impaired driving accident include:
Extended license suspension period
Long-term parole or probation
Order to pay restitution to victims
Set Up a DUI Consultation
There is a heavy price to pay if you cause a DUI accident that causes serious injury or death, so you must hire a DUI attorney in Pensacola to work on your defense. USAttorneys.com recommends you arrange a consultation and explore the defenses that might work for your case. We can help you locate a DUI attorney to begin an investigation and put together a hard to beat defense.