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Man faces DUI charge following hit-and-run accident

A man in Colorado has been accused of driving while under the influence. His alleged drinking and driving led to a crash. A person who faces a charge of DUI is always presumed innocent unless prosecutors can prove his or her guilt in court.

The reported DUI crash took place on a Friday at a little after 9 p.m. According to police, a pickup truck was going backward and hit a car. The crash took place in a parking lot.

Authorities said after the pickup truck driver hit the car, the truck driver fled the crash scene. As a result, no information was exchanged with the driver of the car. Police said they were able to find the truck driver and ended up arresting him for several traffic-related charges, including driving under the influence. Nobody suffered injuries in the collision.

A DUI charge in Colorado can tarnish a person's reputation in addition to his or her criminal record, thus making it difficult for the individual to obtain certain jobs or event rent vehicles in the future. In addition, even a first-time offense related to drunk driving can lead to possible jail time, high fines and community service. A person who has been accused of drinking and driving has the right to fight the charge at trial, where the charge must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt before a conviction can happen. Alternatively, the individual may decide to try and strike a plea deal with the prosecution, which may lead to a more personally favorable sentence than what would be imposed following a finding of guilt at trial.

Source: fox21news.com, "DUI suspect arrested after fleeing scene of crash in Colorado Springs", Alexa Mae Asperin, Sept. 3, 2016

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