There are many drunk driving cases tried in the state of Alabama very week. What many of these have in common is that a motorist was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and was pulled over by an Alabama police officer. Some cases deal with accidents in which an allegedly intoxicated driver hit another vehicle or wrecked his or her own car or truck.
As a Birmingham DUI defense lawyer, I've represented dozens of law-abiding citizens who have been caught up in an alcohol-related driving infraction or accident. Something I don't often come across is the case of a possibly drink driver hitting a vehicle being driven by a police officer. Rarer still are DUI-related accidents involving the head of a police department or other law enforcement agency.
That said, I noticed a recent news article out of Selma, AL, that told of a hapless motorist who crashed his vehicle into another car being driven by none other than the chief of Alabama's State Patrol. Ironically, an allegedly drunk driver apparently hit a vehicle being driven by Col. Chris Murphy of Birmingham, Alabama.
Col. Murphy was reportedly traveling eastbound on Intestate 80, returning from giving a speech at the Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center. Neither Murphy nor the unnamed motorist was injured as a result of the two-vehicle accident, which occurred near Selma around 2:30pm.
According to news reports, a spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Public Safety said the other driver was charged with DUI at the scene of the collision. It is likely that a breathalyzer test showed his blood alcohol content to be above 0.08 percent. Police reports indicate that the man told police following the crash that it was his birthday and he was on his way to the bingo parlor in White Hall to celebrate.
Head of Ala. state troopers a victim in DUI, WSFA.com, October 6, 2009