An ambulette driver in New York is facing criminal charges after allegedly driving while intoxicated on the job. The 45-year-old driver was transporting a dialysis patient to a treatment center in Nassau County when he crashed the vehicle into two utility poles. The driver struck one of the poles, left the scene and proceeded to strike another pole a mile away. Witnesses say that the van was almost pushed into oncoming traffic, which would have caused further damage.
Officers arrived on the scene and found the driver on the ground next to the vehicle. The driver was taken to the hospital, where he was charged with a DWI, as well as leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and driving while ability impaired by drugs or alcohol.
The patient suffered rib injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and dialysis. The transport company has yet to comment on the situation.
If you have been involved in an accident and are facing criminal DUI charges, it is important to get information about your potential criminal defense options as soon as possible. Doing so may help you gather evidence to defend you in court. The proper defense may result in a reduction or dismissal of the charges against you.
A solid DWI defense strategy may involve questioning the testing methods used to test a driver's blood alcohol level. For example, an improperly calibrated breathalyzer device may give inaccurate results. These inaccurate results may be used to charge a driver with a DWI. If the results are called into question, the charges against a driver may be dropped.
Source: CBS New York, "Ambulette Driver Accused Of Transporting Patient While High & Drunk Faces Criminal Charges," June 27, 2017