Montgomery County’s Alcohol Holiday Task Force sobriety checkpoints ended on Jan. 7, but not without some drama during the seven weeks they were in force. On Saturday, Dec. 30, police say that a driver who was attempting to avoid being pulled over by an officer ended up hitting another vehicle.
According to authorities, the incident occurred at 2:45 a.m. in Montgomery Village near Midcounty Highway and Goshen Road. They say the driver (whose name and gender were not reported) ran a red flashing light and then sped off as a task force officer tried to pull over the vehicle.
That driver, whom authorities said was driving with the headlights off, then lost control of the car and crashed into a vehicle parked on Quail Valley Blvd.
The driver was arrested and is facing multiple charges. These include DUI, driving without a license and fleeing police. Law enforcement authorities say that there was already a warrant out for the driver’s arrest in Pennsylvania for alleged drug-related crimes.
As of Jan. 2, the Alcohol Holiday Task Force had made 192 DUI arrests involving alcohol and/or drugs.
The task force lost one of its own two years ago when an officer was fatally struck by a driver who was previously convicted of DUI. As a result of that officer’s death, those convicted of this crime must have an interlock ignition device on their vehicles.
Although the holidays are over, we can expect police to be out in force over the next couple of months on days known for heavy drinking, e.g., Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. No matter the day, if you or a loved one is facing a DUI, it’s never wise to face the justice system without experienced legal guidance.
Source: Rockville Patch, “Drunk Driver Flees Alcohol Patrol, Crashes Into Car,” Deb Belt, Jan. 02, 2018