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Man facing 10th DUI following hit-and-run accident

On Jan. 5, it was reported that an Illinois man was charged with his 10th DUI offense following a hit-and-run he was accused of being involved in. The report stated that the 38-year-old man was traveling south on Wheeling Road when he hit a car that was heading in the opposite direction at approximately 7:50 p.m.

It appeared that he did not stop following the collision. The other vehicle that was involved in the accident and another driver who witnessed the incident followed the man and reported him to the authorities. The police conducted a traffic stop near the Catherine Court intersection after they allegedly saw signs that he was intoxicated.

Authorities stated that they noted signs of intoxication during the traffic stop, including glassy eyes and the odor of alcohol on his breath. Authorities also reported that they found that he used a number of different aliases, which allowed him to continue driving following his previous DUI convictions. If he is convicted, he will receive a minimum sentence of six years in prison.

When a person is accused of drunk driving, they could potentially face serious consequences that could include a jail sentence, especially if they have been previously convicted of DUI. A criminal law attorney may attempt to find fault with the evidence brought against the accused person. For example, they may attempt to get the case thrown out if there was no probable cause for pulling the person over or if the DUI tests were not properly administered. In some cases, the attorney may negotiate with the prosecution to allow the accused person to seek alcohol treatment.

Source: Buffalo Grove Patch, "Wheeling Man Charged With 10th DUI After Hit-and-Run", Amie Rowland, 01/05/2017Source: The Daily Herald, "Wheeling man charged with 10th DUI, bail set at $225,000," 01/05/2017

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