On Aug. 1, a 46-year-old Eden Prairie man lost control of his vehicle, slammed into a utility pole and rolled over. His passenger died in the accident.
On Friday, Dec. 6, the man was arrested and charged with three counts of vehicular homicide, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Authorities think the man had a blood-alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.19 at the time of the crash. In Minnesota and all other 49 states, the legal BAC limit to drive is 0.08.
One of the charges of vehicular homicide relates to driving while under the influence of alcohol, while another pertains to driving with a BAC over 0.08. The third relates to driving in a “grossly negligent manner.”
Without a doubt, any event that ends the way this one did is nothing short of a tragedy.
That being said, we cannot rush to vilify the man who was driving. If he was intoxicated when he crashed, then he made a terrible mistake. You will notice, though, that we said “if.” Just because authorities allege something does not mean it is actually true.
As a Minneapolis DWI lawyer, I focus on protecting the rights of accused people. All too often, we just assume that those who have been charged with a crime did indeed commit that crime. A large part of my job is making sure that unfair assumptions do not negatively affect my clients’ standing in the eyes of the law.
If you are interested in speaking with a criminal defense attorney who serves Twin Cities clients, please know you can contact me when it is convenient for you.