On Saturday, March 7, 46-year-old Jason Lapointe was involved in a two vehicle crash that occurred just after 7:30 in the evening in Brookfield. While there was no mention whether he was injured in the accident, two people in the other vehicle did suffer minor injuries, according to police.
Upon investigation of the accident, police suspected Lapointe was driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was given a field sobriety test, which he failed according to a news article at the Connecticut News Beat blog. Following the investigation, Lapointe was charged with failure to drive in the proper lane, failure to carry insurance ID/certificate of registration, and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Lapointe was released from jail on a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Danbury on the charges on March 17th.
Michigan DUI attorneys know that most people who get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol never expect to be caught. While some are capable of driving safely after having a drink or two, others are not. Alcohol affects all people differently, depending on body weight, whether they have eaten, metabolism, and other factors. However, alcohol and drugs do impact an individual’s ability to react quickly and think clearly. This often leads to erratic driving behavior, or as in this case, an accident.
You may have been pulled over because you were speeding, weaving in and out of your lane, or driving in any manner that seemed suspicious to police. Perhaps you were arrested and charged with DUI after causing an accident. Regardless of the circumstances, it is vital to consult with an experienced and aggressive Michigan DUI lawyer who will work diligently to protect your freedom, and secure the best possible results.
A DUI conviction can result in jail time, steep fines, driver’s license suspension, community service, and more. When someone is injured or even killed as a direct result of a drunk driver, the consequences become far more serious. To protect your legal rights, reputation, and career, never proceed without skilled legal guidance and support.