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Man doesn't remember drunken police chase -- faces DUII charges

A Portland man claims that he does not remember getting behind the wheel of a car after partying at his sister's house recently. According to reports, the man has told police that it was the first time in a long time that he had drank alcohol before getting into his mom's car and driving away.

Unfortunately, while driving, the man was found by police driving the wrong-way near the intersection of 105th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street. At the time, reports say the man was driving nearly 100 miles-per-hour and had hit two vehicles. Police claim that when he was spotted he was honking his horn, flashing his lights and tailgating a minivan.

When police tried to pull the man over, he ran from police for a short time. When he finally gave up his high speed chase, the man was arrested on a variety of criminal charges including failure to perform duties of a driver, reckless driving, attempting to elude police and DUII. At the time of his arrest, police allege that his blood alcohol content level was .28 percent -- more than three times the legal limit.

Drunk driving charges are very serious, especially when an accident has occurred or a person has a high BAC level. The charges can effect a person for years to come. The proper criminal defense is essential in avoiding penalties. In some cases, people may be able to claim that they were unable to control what they were doing. However, this option is often not available if people were voluntarily intoxicated. Other criminal defense options may still exist, however, to minimize penalties.

Source: The Oregonian, "Accused road-raging, drunken driver used mom's Kia in 100 mph Portland chase, documents say," Everton Bailey Jr., Nov. 3, 2014

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