Texarkana, TX- Over the past several years, Texas and the nation as a whole has experienced an increase if drugged driving accidents and arrests. Illicit drugs are often involved but they are not the only culprits as the recent arrest of a Texas man demonstrates.
Police in Humble were called to the scene of a single-car accident on August 4 and found an incoherent 43-year-old man behind the wheel. The man either didn’t realize police where trying to get his attention or was ignoring them, forcing them to bust his rear window, according to KHOU.
One witness, who pulled over the offer assistance, told KHOU that they say the driver pull out an air can and began huffing the contents. That witness caught video footage of a police officer pulling the obviously intoxicated man out of his vehicle.
Lieutenant Dawes of the Humble Police Department told the TV station that the man was huffing duster commonly used to clean computers and numerous cans of it in his car. Lt. Dawes also said huffing duster can make a person hallucinate and experience muscle weakness.
The man was arrested and charged with DWI.
The intoxicated man is lucky he didn’t seriously harm himself or other innocent motorists but he still faces numerous consequences. The penalties for drugged driving in Texas are the same as drunken driving. For a simple, first-offense with no enhancements for an accident, a convicted offender could be sentenced to anywhere between 3 days to 6 months in jail, at least $2,000 in fines and will lose their license for 90 days. A person convicted of their first DWI will also be ordered to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. Considering those penalties, it wise for anyone facing a DWI in Texarkana to contact one of the DWI attorneys at USAttorneys.
Earlier this year, the National Traffic Safety Administration released the results of their National Roadside survey which found that drugged driving among weekend nighttime drivers increased from 16.3 percent in 2007 to 20 percent in 2013-2014. Marijuana use among motorists increased by 50 percent, but prescription drugs and other intoxicants were also commonly found.
Just because you have drugs in your system, illicit, prescription or otherwise, it doesn’t mean a driver is actually impaired or violation of Texas DWI laws. Unlike alcohol, marijuana and many prescription drugs remain in the blood stream hours or days after the intoxicating effects have worn off, so not all DWI suspects with these substances in their system were actually impaired at the time of their arrest. This is an important point if you are charged with drugged driving and one that a DWI attorney will use to your advantage when you hire them to work on your defense.
If you are facing a DWI charge, USAttorneys will connect you with an outstanding DWI defense attorney in Texarkana who can answer your questions and provide you with an effective defense. With legal backing you will have a chance to fight conviction and minimize the impact of your DWI charge.