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Guilty plea entered in fatal Washington accident

A King County case involving a deadly DUI accident concluded on May 24 as the defendant entered a guilty plea. The accident occurred approximately 15 months earlier as the 21-year-old man was speeding while drunk on Highway 520. The other vehicle involved in the accident was stopped because of a red light. That vehicle's driver died after being rear-ended by the speeding car.

After the collision, the drunk driver exited his vehicle and fled the scene on foot. However, authorities used police dogs to track the man down and found him in a nearby ravine. He was unconscious at the time and was taken to a nearby medical facility for treatment before being transported to jail. The situation became further complicated as the individual posted bond. He reportedly missed a court appearance, but authorities located him in March 2016. His sentencing is slated for July 1, and he could be required to serve up to 125 months in prison.

A serious accident can be disconcerting to all parties involved. An individual might not think clearly based on contributing factors, which could range from disorientation to serious medical trauma. Charges at the time of such an accident might not take all of these factors into account, especially if there is a perception of drunk driving. Legal assistance might be important if issues other than alcohol have contributed to such an incident.

Retaining a criminal lawyer with experience in DUI matters might be helpful for ensuring that authorities have not stepped outside of their boundaries in stopping or detaining a driver. If chemical testing has been considered in the process of filing DUI charges, a lawyer might carefully examine the handling of blood samples to evaluate potential problems in the chain of custody. Further, a DUI lawyer might inspect equipment used for breath testing or other evaluations of the defendant.

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