Accidents related to drunk driving tend to increase around the holidays. One collision that occurred on an interstate in Little Rock, Arkansas, early on Thanksgiving Day resulted in the death of a 24-year-old woman and the recent arrest of a 20-year-old man.
The two vehicles, driven respectively by the young man and the young woman, were both traveling west on the north service road of Interstate 30 before dawn on November 28th when they collided with one another. Authorities talked to the young man while he was receiving treatment at a hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. They reported smelling alcohol on him during the conversation. A court affidavit states that the young man admitted that he had been drinking.
As a 20-year-old, the young man was an underage driver, meaning that a blood alcohol concentration between 0.02% and 0.08% is sufficient for a charge of driving under the influence. Test results showed the driver’s BAC at 0.03 and then 0.026.
Details regarding precisely what happened during the accident are vague. The fact that authorities have charged the young man with DUI suggests that it was his car that struck the other, but the account of the accident does not clearly confirm this. It is unclear whether the woman driving the other vehicle went to the hospital or if she died at the scene.
In addition to DUI, the 20-year-old man faces criminal charges of reckless driving and negligent homicide. Charges such as these can carry serious penalties. People facing prosecution related to drunk driving allegations may wish to contact an attorney.