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Erratic driving leads to drunk driving arrest

Driving drunk is never a good idea, but doing so while on the job could cost you your job. This week a Maryland man was arrested after being pulled over for suspected drunk driving while operating a semi-truck.

According to the Hancock County Sheriff's department, they received several 911 calls about a semi-truck driving erratically on westbound I-70. Police caught up to the driver and had to throw "stop sticks" on the road to get the driver to stop. The "stop sticks" deflated several tires on the semi-truck forcing the man to pull over. When approached by officers, the man cooperated.

Officers suspected he had been drinking and took him to Hancock Regional Hospital where he had a blood test taken. The results showed that his blood alcohol content was 0.301 and the legal limit for the state of Maryland is 0.08.

If this was his first DUI offense, he could face up to one year in jail, six months license suspension and up to $1,000 in fines. A first offense DWI can lead to two months in jail, six months license suspension and up to $500 in fines. For any offense, you may also face license suspension or revocation and have points added to your driving record.

A DUI/DWI can have serious consequences, but an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you fight against your charges and protect your future.

The man in this case is facing a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and resisting law enforcement.

Source: Indystar.com, "Maryland man arrested for driving semi-tractor trailer truck drunk near Greenfield," Jill Disis, Dec. 31, 2012

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