A Baton Rouge man faces drunk driving charges after allegedly striking a woman who was riding a bicycle. The driver, who police say has a prior DWI offense from 2002, allegedly struck the bicyclist from behind.
The initial collision forced the bicyclist in to the path of an oncoming car, which struck her again. Although the driver of the oncoming car called police, the driver of the first car allegedly kept driving without stopping to help. The woman on the bicycle died after the accident, although the specific cause of death has not been determined.
Louisiana State Police initially arrested the suspect on charges of DWI, hit and run, and driving under suspension. Authorities say that additional charges are forthcoming. The police provided no information as to how they located the suspect and how they determined he had been too impaired to drive.
In Louisiana, even when there is no accident involved, a person convicted of a second DWI can face jail time, license suspension and other serious penalties. In addition, a drunk driving conviction can have serious repercussions on an individual's personal life, especially when it comes to his or her job. However, it's important to remember that police don't always get it right.
Some arrests are simply the result of improper police procedure. Whether a breath test machine was improperly calibrated or a field sobriety tests was not administered correctly, police make mistakes. People who have been charged with drunk driving may find it helpful to speak with an experienced attorney who can review their case and make sure proper procedure was followed.
Source: RayneToday.com, "Allegedly drunk driver hits bike; rider knocked to pavement dies, Oct. 3, 2012