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Alleged drunk driver leads police on slow-speed chase

A California man is facing drunk driving charges after smashing his pickup truck into multiple vehicles on Oct. 25 and refusing to pull over for police. The defendant, age 39, led police on a slow-speed chase that began in Carlsbad and ended in Vista.

According to media reports, the incident began when Carlsbad police received reports about a pickup with a trailer smashing into several vehicles on El Camino Real. At approximately 6:15 p.m., a police officer tried to pull the driver of the pickup over near Faraday Avenue and El Fuerte Street. However, he failed to comply. Multiple patrol cars then followed the pickup from Carlsbad to the 2400 block of Melrose Drive in Vista, where officers successfully deployed a spike strip to bring it to a halt. The driver of the truck exited his vehicle, and officers took him into custody.

The defendant was charged with drunk driving, suspicion of felony hit and run and failure to yield to a police vehicle. He was transported to the Vista Detention Facility for booking. The investigation remains open.

Individuals convicted of drunk driving charges could face incarceration, fines and the loss of their driving privileges. However, a defendant may be able to help the situation by retaining a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Legal counsel could use several defense strategies to get the charges reduced or dismissed. For example, an attorney could dispute the accuracy of any breath or field sobriety tests that the prosecution introduces into evidence. This could lead to the charges being dismissed. Another possible strategy is to negotiate a plea deal that reduces charges and penalties.

Source: Carlsbad Patch, "Police Chase Suspected Drunk Driver From Carlsbad To Vista", Oct. 26, 2017

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