A Phoenix man driving a stolen vehicle went into the hands of the authorities after being involved in a Mesa car accident last Thursday.
The 30 year old driver crashed in the area of 19th and Glendale avenues after being chased down by police (AZ Central 1/14/2011). Before the vehicle crash, an officer ran the car’s license plate and found out it had been reported stolen. The suspect was prompted to pull over but refused, and instead sped up, through several red lights and stop signs. The driver attempted to flee the vehicle but fell down on the scene. He was sent to a local hospital after sustaining injuries.
Officers found a screwdriver in the front seat and the car keys were missing. They also found drugs and drug paraphernalia in his pockets and field sobriety tests showed he was impaired. Further investigations reveal that he was also driving with a suspended license. The suspect will be charged with DUI, driving with a suspended license, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, theft, and unlawful flight. Fortunately, no others were injured due to this negligent driver’s choices.
In 2008, approximately 32 people died each day due to drunken driving accidents (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), making up 32 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. More than 1.4 million drivers were also arrested for driving under the influence during that year. This goes to show that despite the obvious danger and increased awareness, impaired driving is still a prevalent problem in traffic safety.
Aside from alcohol, drugs such as marijuana and cocaine also play a major role in fatal vehicle crashes, accounting for 18 percent of recorded cases.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of the actions of a negligent driver, we are available at (602) 267-1280. Call now for your free consultation. As Arizona accident attorneys, we may be able to help you.