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Alabama Drunk Driving Defense: Driver in Head-on Crash Could See Felony DUI and Vehicular Assault Charges

Posted by Steven Eversole | Feb 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

As a Birmingham DUI defense attorney, I represent individuals from Centerpoint, Bessemer, Anniston and Helena, as well as other municipalities across Alabama who have been charged with drunken driving. Whether a motorist is charged with driving while intoxicated, arrested for an alcohol-related injury accident or been taken into custody for breath test refusal following a DUI traffic stop, the consequences are all highly undesirable.

Recently, a news report showed what can happen as a result of bad choices when it comes to alcohol and driving while inebriated. According to police, a Clanton, AL, driver was charged with felony drunk driving as well as assault with a motor vehicle. The accident that precipitated the charges occurred on the evening of February 8 when a pickup truck apparently crossed the centerline and collided head-on with another vehicle.

Police records show that 30-year-old John Wesley Stewart was arrested and placed in the Chilton County Jail following the accident. According to the Clanton Police Department, suspect's mid-size pickup truck collided with an SUV on Alabama Highway 22 West near LeCroy Career/Technical Center just before 10pm on a Monday evening.

The accident reportedly send all four of the SUV's occupants to the hospital, including two children, as well as the Stewart. Police investigating the crash scene were reported to have commented that all the victims were “lucky to be alive.”
Clanton Police said that the family riding in the sport utility vehicle was from the Maplesville, Alabama, area. Based on the news reports at the time, one of the kids had been released from Children's Hospital a couple of days after the crash. Two of the adult victims were supposedly undergoing surgery.

The pickup driver, who already had been charged with felony DUI and felony assault first degree, may also have been facing additional charges at the time and bond had not yet been set as a result.

Driver charged with felony DUI, assault, ClantonAdvertiser.com, February 10, 2010

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Steven Eversole

J.D., Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama B.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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