You know that getting behind the wheel while intoxicated is dangerous. In your case, you didn’t realize that a medication you took would affect you like it did. The alcohol interacted, and it quickly caused you to suffer from blurry vision and intoxication. You crashed, but you fortunately didn’t hurt anyone.
In cases like yours, it’s important that you’re treated fairly by the courts. You made a bad decision, but no one got hurt. That’s what happened in this case, too. As someone who comes into contact with the stark realities of death, you would never assume that a coroner would make the mistake of driving while intoxicated. The fact is that all people are human, and they do make mistakes. When they do, it’s only fair to give them a second chance.
In Arkansas, the Van Buren County coroner is now the focus of a DUI investigation. The coroner was allegedly driving drunk in May. He was stopped by a Fairfield Bay officer who asked him to perform a field sobriety test. He reportedly said he would not pass it, but it was not indicated that he actually took the test.
The entire incident was recorded on video, which could be used against him in court. Right now, he faces jail time, fines and the suspension of his driver’s license. It’s not clear if he would be asked to resign or be let go from his position as a coroner for the county.
Situations like this are best left to your attorney, because they are complicated. No one was injured, and you know what you did was not legal. With the right help, it’s possible to seek out alternative solutions to avoid a DUI or harsh penalties.
Source: Arkansas Matters, “Van Buren Co. Coroner Charged With DWI, Admits ‘Mistake Was Made’,” Mitch McCoy, June 06, 2017