Recently, three people lost their lives in Arlington, Texas in a two-car crash involving a suspected drunken driver. The accident happened early Sunday morning at approximate 2 a.m. when 38-year-old Eldrick Westbrook allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Matlock Road and the Interstate 20 service road. Westbrook’s vehicle struck another vehicle, causing it to spin around before plowing in to a traffic light pole. Four people were inside the vehicle.
According to a news article at Dallas News, one of the victims died at the scene of the accident. Two others succumbed to their injuries after being transported to a local hospital. A fourth victim suffered non life-threatening injuries; he was also treated at the hospital. Westbrook sustained minor injuries and was taken to jail after his release from the hospital. He is charged with three counts of intoxication manslaughter.
In Texas, the punishment for those found guilty of intoxication manslaughter include a fine of up to $10,000 and a maximum prison term of 20 years. When multiple victims are involved, the judge may “stack” punishment; for instance, if Westbrook were to be sentenced to 15 years for each of the counts, he could essentially spend 45 years behind bars.
In Michigan, a DUI causing manslaughter will result in a maximum of 15 years in prison along with fines of up to $10,000 if convicted. The penalties increase if an emergency or highway worker is killed. In addition, the defendant may face restitution, vehicle immobilization, and more.
Any drunk driving arrest is serious, even when there is no accident and no one is injured. A DUI arrest will leave the accused facing jail time, fines, driver’s license suspension, community service, and a permanent criminal record if found guilty. The punishment becomes harsher when it is a second or third DUI.
Regardless of how serious the situation is, it is critical to work with an experienced Michigan DUI defense lawyer who is highly familiar with these types of cases and capable of reaching good results. Your reputation and freedom are at risk; hire a defense attorney who is dedicated obtaining the best possible outcome for you.