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Car vs. ambulance crash may lead to DWI charges for driver

| Nov 27, 2019 | DUI/DWI |

Emergency vehicles here in Sugar Land and elsewhere may break certain traffic laws as long as it is deemed safe. Since drivers ordinarily anticipate the flow of traffic to follow the rules, emergency vehicles use their lights and sirens to warn them of their presence and probable defiance of them such as going through red traffic signals in order to hasten their trips. Of course, drivers must pay attention in order to react to these situations, and if a driver fails to do so, police may suspect impairment, which could lead to DWI charges.

In fact, police did suspect impairment of a driver recently involved in a crash with an ambulance. The ambulance was transporting a pregnant woman when it began a left turn against a red light. The driver, who was coming from the opposite direction, failed to obey the red traffic signal, failed to stop and crashed into the ambulance.

Police believe the car was also moving at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash. The paramedics were not seriously injured. The pregnant woman was taken to the hospital by another ambulance, and the car driver required medical attention as well. At last report, both remained in the hospital in stable condition.

Reports indicate the car driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash. He now faces DWI charges in connection with the incident. Even from his hospital room, he may want to consult with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. As would be the case with any other Sugar Land resident facing these circumstances, the importance of preserving his rights, reviewing the circumstances surrounding the accident and exploring all of the available legal options cannot be stressed enough. A conviction for drunk driving can have a significant impact on a person’s life and should always be taken seriously.