A 23-year-old Hudson man was arrested and charged with DUI with property damage after he allegedly crashed into a home overnight.
According to FHP, the man was traveling northbound on Balsam Avenue approaching the intersection of Shadow Lake Boulevard around 2:20 a.m.
Troopers claim he failed to slow or stop and collided with a posted stop sign and then the front of a home on the 13000 block of Shadow Lake Boulevard.
The crash caused an estimated $75,000 worth of damage to the home and caused minor injuries to the 71-year-old occupant of the home.
The man is also facing careless driving charges.
The man was a probationary Sheriff’s County deputy in Pasco, working in corrections since 2013. He has resigned following his arrest.
The penalties attached to a DUI include community service, license suspension, probation, jail and even drug and alcohol treatment. Beyond these penalties, a person facing a DUI with property damage can also face $1,000 in fines and up to one year behind bars. If bodily injury occurs, felony charges can kick in, upping the stakes to years in jail and thousands of dollars in fines, depending on the severity of the injuries and the amount of alcohol in the driver’s bloodstream.
If you’ve been charged with a DUI with property damage or bodily injury, you want to be smart and defend yourself against your charges. That starts by enlisting the help of a Pasco County DUI Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton. What you may not know is that a DUI with property damage can cost you hundreds of dollars in fines and months of incarceration. A strong defense can help you avoid these strict penalties by proving your BAC was not measured properly, your vehicle malfunctioned or even that you were not driving the vehicle when the crash occurred.
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