A tragic motor vehicle crash has resulted in the death of one man in Kentucky last Saturday evening. According to police, a 45-year-old disabled man was driving his Dodge Caravan while under the influence of marijuana and alcohol when he lost control of the vehicle. His friend, who was riding in the back seat of the van, suffered fatal injuries in the accident.
Driver Allegedly Confessed He Was Drunk
The accident happened in Jeffersonville, Kentucky, not far from Bellarmine University. When the driver lost control of his vehicle, it went careening into a field. Police arrived on scene to meet the allegedly inebriated man. The arrest report says the man told police that he killed his friend and that he had been drinking. Evidently, he confessed to drinking an entire pitcher of beer, and later he confessed to smoking pot.
The man's gravely injured friend was rushed to the University of Louisville Hospital, where doctors were unable to save him. He succumbed to his injuries just before midnight.
Police conducted various field sobriety tests on the driver, which he allegedly failed. Police say that they also confiscated marijuana from the man. Later, a nurse said that the driver confessed to smoking the marijuana before he got behind the wheel that night.
The driver, who uses a wheelchair, was arrested on various charges, including DUI, murder, marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia possession, first degree assault and driving without insurance. According to most recent reports, he is being held in lieu of cash bond of $100,000 and his first court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 20.
Plea Deal May Be Appropriate in This Case
According to news reports, authorities appear to have a great deal of evidence against the man who allegedly caused this crash. If the evidence is as convincing as it appears, the man's DUI defense counsel may advise him to try to reach a plea bargain deal with the prosecution. A plea deal usually involves pleading guilty to various charges in exchange for a reduction in sentencing, or in exchange for getting a more serious charge dropped, which could serve to reduce the end sentence or punishment. For example, the driver in this case might try to plead guilty to all the charges, except for murder, in an effort to get the murder charge dropped. This could result in a considerable reduction in punishments if successful.
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