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Man charged with drunk driving after hit-and-run of bicyclists

Being arrested and charged with any drunk driving charges in Cleveland can lead to significant penalties. This is true even if the driver was not in an accident and found himself or herself confronted with other allegations along with drunk driving. If there is a crash, people might be hurt. It is possible that the driver will try to flee the scene. These acts can raise the charges from a DUI offense to much more. Regardless, whether it is a DUI stop and arrest or something worse, it is essential to have legal assistance to plan for a defense.

An overnight accident injured five bicyclists and the driver of the car that hit them fled the scene. The accident occurred at around 2:30 a.m. The five people were riding bicycles when a Chevrolet Impala being driven by a 27-year-old man hit them. They were knocked off their bicycles and ended up in the street. Another vehicle being driven by a female whose identity is currently unknown hit one of the bicyclists who was in the street. That driver also fled the scene.

The victims - two women age 24, a 17-year-old female, and two men ages 45 and 42 - were all taken to the hospital. The men are said to be in stable condition. The others were released. The driver of the Impala faces several charges including aggravated vehicular assault and driving under the influence. The other driver has not yet been located.

Being charged with DUI and other charges after an accident can have extensive consequences. Not only can a person lose driving privileges and be fined, but there can be jail time and more. This is especially true in an accident that was a hit-and-run with people injured. Although these types of charges are serious, everyone deserves to have a strong legal defense. When placed under arrest for DUI-related charges, there could be extenuating circumstances or law enforcement might not have adhered to the proper protocol when gathering evidence. Formulating a strong legal defense is key from the time of the arrest onward.

Source:, "5 cyclists hurt in Cleveland hit-and-run; driver arrested," Lindsay Buckingham, Ann Domeck, Allison Brown, June 3, 2017

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