A recent single-vehicle accident led to criminal charges for a North Dakota man. The accident involved a motorcycle, and the driver was apparently the only person injured in the wreck, although one official did note that a road sign pole was damaged. Police charged the man -- who is currently in the hospital -- with drunk driving, and he will likely be placed in their custody upon discharge.
According to reports, the 42-year-old man was riding his motorcycle on I-29 shortly before the accident. At approximately 1:00 in the morning, he attempted to exit the interstate and accidentally struck a pole. He was tossed off his motorcycle and suffered injuries that required hospitalization, although the nature of those injuries were not made clear. Police did note that the man did not have a helmet.
Authorities have since charged the motorcyclist with a DUI. His blood-alcohol content at the time of his arrest is not known, but police commonly utilize either Breathalyzer or blood tests to determine an individual's levels of intoxication. Since he was injured in the wreck, he probably did not undergo any field sobriety testing.
Defendants facing drunk driving charges in North Dakota frequently lose their driving privileges even if they are not convicted. These types of charges also tend to move quickly through the system, so acting quickly to preserve driving privileges and achieve the best possible outcome is usually smart. For some, a plea deal negotiated with the prosecution may yield preferable results, while others fare better when fighting the charges throughout trial court proceedings.