On the evening of September 7, an Ohio judge was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and leaving the scene of an accident. 60-year-old Dean L. Wilson, a Perry County judge in Columbus, was driving a loaner car (a 2014 Mercedes-Benz) when he struck a COTA bus while changing lanes at approximately 9:30 on Sunday evening. He then sped away, according to a news report at the Columbus Dispatch.
Police claim that Wilson was driving under the influence, although he is widely known for holding DUI trials at the New Lexington High School every year to warn teens of the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol. A passenger on the COTA bus said that Wilson did not sideswipe the bus, but crashed directly into it before backing up and fleeing the scene.
After the accident was reported, Wilson was apprehended by a Columbus Police helicopter that went in search for the black Mercedes. He was found about 12 miles away. Wilson refused to submit to field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer test. His driver’s license was suspended at the scene.
Michigan DUI attorneys know even individuals who are upstanding citizens and looked up to by the community make mistakes. Anyone who drinks alcohol even only on occasion has likely gotten behind the wheel of a vehicle at one point in their life. We do not condone driving while under the influence of alcohol, however we do provide legal support and guidance for those who find themselves in an unfortunate situation.
No one should drive when impaired by alcohol or drugs, however if you find yourself charged with DUI, it is critical to consult with a skilled and experienced Michigan DUI lawyer immediately. The criminal penalties for a DUI conviction in the state are harsh, and include possible jail time, steep fines, license suspension, community service, and more. In addition, a conviction will leave you with a criminal record.