Football and alcohol frequently go together in Tennessee. Football, alcohol and driving have the potential to be a dangerous combination. Such appeared to have been the case following a game on a recent Sunday when a fan was arrested and charged with a DUI.
A man left a Tennessee Titans game and as he was driving home from the game he rear-ended an ambulance. The ambulance had been stopped at a red light. Officers reported to the scene of the accident and stated that the driver appeared to be impaired. They reported observing slurred speech and blood-shot eyes.
The gentleman reported drinking two drinks of whiskey prior to the noon game. He also stated that he was on multiple medications and had taken some of them with the drinks. The officers stated that the accused said he was unable to perform field sobriety tests due to injuries to his knees and ankle that he stated happened due to the collision with the ambulance. Officers requested that he submit to a BAC check, which he declined until he had the opportunity to consult with a lawyer.
Being accused of a DUI offense in Tennessee can be a very unsettling experience. It is possible to be unaware of how alcohol might react with medications that one is taking. A person charged with a DUI is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law. An experienced criminal defense attorney can advise the client as to his or her legal rights and available options and can also help to ensure that the rights of the accused are upheld throughout the criminal justice process.