A 33-year-old Oliver Springs resident is being treated at the University of Tennessee Medical Center for injuries he suffered when he allegedly caused a crash by driving in the wrong direction on Highway 61. The car accident reportedly occurred in the late afternoon of a recent Friday. He is facing multiple charges including DUI, drug paraphernalia possession, carrying a weapon while intoxicated, vehicular assault and more.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol claims that the man was eastbound in the lane of westbound traffic in an SUV on State Route 61 in Roane County. When a westbound driver noticed the approaching vehicle in his lane, he tried to avoid a collision but failed. THP says the SUV struck the westbound vehicle head-on.
The alleged drunk driver reportedly had to be extricated from the wreck before he was transported to the hospital with several injuries including fractures in both his legs. The 66-year-old driver of the other vehicle reportedly suffered multiple fractures in one of his legs. He was taken to another hospital along with his 34-year-old passenger who was also injured.
Facing any DUI charges after a car accident with injuries in Tennessee can have serious consequences if the accused person is convicted. For this reason, individuals who face such charges usually retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Such an attorney will recognize the seriousness of the situation and will be ready to fight the charges and protect the client's constitutional rights. A lawyer can launch an independent investigation and analyze the evidence against the client in order to build an effective defense.
Source: oakridgetoday.com, "OS man faces charges after head-on collision injures three on Hwy 61", Jan. 17, 2016