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Drunk driver crashes with SUV in Billings

Many residents of Montana, along with state officials, have conducted initiatives to stop drunk driving. But despite their efforts, the menace has not stopped. Many drunk driving accidents have been reported in the state this year; while some victims escaped with only minor injuries, others were not so lucky.

There are many laws in Montana and throughout United States, penalizing drunk drivers, however; many people previously charged for DUI continue to drive, leading to serious consequences to others on the roads. A person with DUI convictions was recently charged with felony DUI after colliding with another vehicle.

The person was charged in Yellowstone County Justice Court after he was involved in an accident occurring at the intersection of Bobolink Street and Dickie Road. Witnesses stated that the 48-year-old man caused an auto accident with the SUV after failing to yield. The accident caused injuries to a passenger in the SUV.

According to the court records, a trooper was informed by a woman who arrived at the crash scene that she had tried to stop the man from driving the car knowing he was intoxicated. While the legal limit of blood-alcohol level is 0.08 percent, the breath sample of the driver showed a reading of 0.112 percent, well above the legal limit allowed for driving. Court records also show that the man was previously convicted for DUI or similar offences in 1986, 1987, 1990, 1995 and 2007. He was charged with criminal endangerment and felony DUI for the recent accident.

No person should suffer from an accident caused by a negligent or drunk driver. A person injured in a drunk driving accident may file a claim for compensation from the negligent driver to ensure that the wrongdoer is held liable for damages caused by the accident.

Source: Q2 KTVQ.com, "Corvette crash leads to felony DUI charge," Jun 16, 2014

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