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Accident on Oregon I-5 leads to DUI and other charges

Car accidents happen all the time in Oregon. After most accidents, police will conduct an investigation to try to determine why the accident occurred and if anyone was at fault. During this investigation, all of the people involved in the accident can be questioned. During the rescue efforts, or following the accident, police may search a car for accident victims or for evidence about how the accident occurred.

It is possible that the police will issue criminal charges following an accident -- especially if police find evidence that a person was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the accident occurred.

Recently, a 28-year-old Oregon man has been arrested and charged with DUI and other criminal charges following a car accident. In this case, police say that the man was driving a 1995 BMW on I-5 when he lost control over the vehicle. According to police, the car went over the median and into oncoming traffic. In the process, the BMW was apparently hit by an Oldsmobile Alero.

Following the accident, police took the man and his passenger to a local hospital to be treated for injuries. During a search of the man, police say they found a gun on him. Furthermore, methamphetamine was apparently recovered by the police in the man's car.

All drunk driving charges need to be taken seriously in Oregon, especially those that follow a car or truck accident. An accident, like the one in this case, can sometimes be used to increase the charges and the potential punishments that people are subject to following their arrest. As part of their criminal defense strategy, people should know that they have the right to investigate the police and their actions during the investigation that followed the accident. People should also know that they do not need to submit to police questioning following an accident without an attorney present.

Source: The Oregonian, "Springfield man, 28, faces gun, drug charges in I-5 crash," Lynne Terry, Sept. 25, 2013

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