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Columbia man faces drunk driving charge after hit-and-run

Although many people are not out on the streets in the early morning hours, it can be a dangerous time to be on the roadways because of drunk drivers. Driving under the influence can lead to an accident and drunk driving charge, as one Columbia man found out.

The 55-year-old man was driving just after midnight on April 29 when he reportedly struck another vehicle. Instead of stopping to exchange information with the other driver or leave a note, he allegedly kept on going. Police were able to pull him over and ask him to perform a field sobriety test. When the man reportedly failed the test, he was arrested.

He was first transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for his injuries. He was then taken to jail, where he faces a DUI charge, his first offense, as well as a hit-and-run charge.

Many hit-and-run accidents involve alcohol use. The offender flees the accident scene in order to avoid liability, and because they don't want to get caught drinking and driving. The person may also refuse to stop because of a lack of car insurance. In addition, alcohol impairs judgment, making a person unable to grasp the consequences of the crime.

Many alleged alcohol-related hit-and-run accidents result in death, so it was fortunate that there were no serious injuries involved in this case. Had the alleged drunk driver caused any serious injuries or death, he could be punished more severely with higher fines and more jail time. In the case of a fatality, he could face a wrongful death lawsuit as well.

However, this man will have his day in court before any judgment is passed. This is important for all of our Columbia readers to remember.

Source: The State, "Man charged with DUI in Columbia hit-and-run," John Monk, April 30, 2013

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