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Wrong-way driver, allegedly drunk, causes accident with injuries

Driving with too much alcohol in your system can lead to poor decision-making and perhaps drowsiness or inattention. Last week an allegedly drunk driver veered onto the wrong side of the road and was crashed into by an SUV.

According to a news report, a 23-year-old man from Jamaica Beach was driving on FM 3005 in Galveston County when he strayed onto the wrong side of the road. The news report says it was unclear whether he was making a left turn, or just drifting into the oncoming traffic, thereby causing the car accident.

His car was directly in the path of an oncoming SUV which struck his car. The SUV driver was a vacationing mother transporting her son and two of his friends to a local beach house. Their vacation plans were placed on hold by the crash and their injuries. The woman suffered multiple bone fractures and one of the boys had a major tongue laceration. No injuries were reported for two of the boys.

The woman driving the SUV and the alleged drunk driver had to be cut from the wreckage after the accident by emergency responders using special tools. The 23-year-old driver, the woman and one young boy were taken to an area hospital for medical treatment.

A standard admitting procedure at hospitals nationwide is to take a blood test when someone is admitted into the emergency room. Although the 23-year-old refused on-site sobriety tests and refused medical treatment, the mandatory blood tests were apparently enough to result in criminal charges.

The 23-year-old driver was charged with two felony counts of intoxication assault. Due to the nature of this accident, the driver could also be held liable for civil damages to the driver and injured passenger in the SUV.

Source: The Daily News, "3 hurt in wreck that closes FM 3005," Chris Paschenko, March 14, 2012

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