No matter where you live in Alabama, when a drunk driving traffic accident becomes a fatal car crash the stakes rise considerably for the person arrested and charged with that wreck. As a Birmingham DUI defense lawyer, my job is to represent individuals arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or prescription drugs. The state of Alabama and law enforcement agencies have become very strict about motorists stopped for driving while intoxicated; much more so with those who have allegedly caused injury or death to another individual while driving in an intoxicated condition.
Recently, an out-of-state driver was taken into custody by Lee County police following a fatal accident on Shug Jordan Parkway in Auburn, AL. According to news reports, 18-year-old Michael M. Madkins was booked into the Lee County Detention Center on DUI charges. Several days earlier he had been admitted to the East Alabama Medical Center for injures he sustained in the crash.
Police said that Madkins was driving his SUV east on the parkway near Wire Road when he reportedly lost control. The driver's Land Rover Discovery rolled over several times causing the driver and two passengers to be thrown from the truck.
One passenger, 19-year-old Garrett Schlichtemeier, died about eight hours after the crash, caused according to reports by a severe closed-head injury. The other passenger, 18-year-old Tyler Perri survived the ordeal, as did the Madkins.
The deceased man and Madkins were both members of the football team at Chadron State College in Chadron, NE. Police believed that the trio were on their way to a spring break gathering in Spanish Fort and had stopped in Auburn to visit with a friend before proceeding on with their trip.
Law enforcement authorities stated that they would not release Madkins' blood alcohol level, but that the case against the student-athlete will be given to the Lee County District Attorney's Office for presentation at the next grand jury session.
Driver in fatal wreck charged with DUI, AONow.com, March 11, 2010