Tennessee residents who are accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can often face a challenging road. Severe penalties and strong public opinion can make it all too easy for a defendant to feel all but convicted simply on the basis of being arrested. It is, however, important at these times to remember that simply being arrested does not mean a person is guilty nor does it mean that the person will be convicted of whatever crime is charged.
A man who was recently arrested for multiple offenses including DUI will need to keep this in mind as he moves through the criminal defense process. Reports indicate that in addition to the DUI charge, the defendant is also facing a reckless driving and a reckless endangerment charge. The man is said to have driven for at least 12 miles along a portion of Interstate 24 in Tennessee going the opposite direction of traffic.
The incident took place in the early morning hours and involved a collision with another vehicle near where the Interstate 24 and Interstate 40 freeways split. When arrested, the man was alleged to be driving without any tires on his wheels and a fire ensued. There is no report of the man's blood alcohol level or if anyone was injured.
When charged with multiple crimes, Tennessee residents might find it helpful to talk with an experienced criminal law attorney. This provides a chance to ask questions and understand the charges and potential penalties.
Source: WATE.com, "Wrong-way driver arrested after crash on I-24 in Middle Tennessee," Dec. 27, 2016