Over the weekend of April 29, officers with the Austin Police Department in Minnesota handled seven arrests related to allegations of driving under the influence. Of those arrests, one came after a terrible accident involving a pickup truck that sheared the vehicle in half and caused it to catch fire. The driver of the truck was arrested after arriving home from the hospital.
Accident details and subsequent arrest
On Sunday, May 1, police apparently tried to initiate a traffic stop regarding a Chevrolet Silverado around 3:20 a.m. Instead of stopping, law enforcement personnel claim the driver apparently took off at a high rate of speed and continued driving fast and recklessly despite officers turning off their emergency lights. The driver reportedly lost control of the truck and ultimately hit a tree along the side of West Oakland Avenue. The impact cut the truck in half where the bed meets the cab and caused the vehicle to catch fire.
The driver was reportedly the only one in the truck at the time of the accident. Due to the damage to the truck and the fire, rescuers could only extricate the man from the burning truck on the passenger’s side. He was taken to a local medical center for treatment. Authorities suspected DUI and had his blood drawn for analysis. They apparently showed up at the man’s door the following day when he came home from the hospital and arrested him.
Reports state the case is under review by the Mower County Attorney’s Office to determine specific charges against the individual, which will most likely include DUI and other charges. The 23-year-old driver of the pickup faces harsh consequences if convicted of the charges against him. As such, he will want to retain the services of an experienced DUI attorney in Minnesota to help him obtain the best possible outcome, considering the circumstances and evidence against him.