Anyone who has driven on the beltway in Virginia likely knows that it can be an intimidating and confusing undertaking, even for those who have experience doing so. As a result, it is understandable that someone driving during the early morning hours could become disoriented. Despite this, police believe that drunk driving was a factor when a driver headed the wrong way on the interstate.
Police say that the incident happened during the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day. Reports indicate that shortly after police received a call about a vehicle being driven in the wrong direction on I-495, there was a head-on collision between the alleged wrong-way vehicle and a sports utility vehicle. Debris from initial collision reportedly struck two other vehicles.
The driver and passenger in the SUV reportedly exited their vehicle and were struck by another vehicle, resulting in life-threatening injuries. In total, six people were injured in the collision. Police say that the driver of the alleged wrong-way vehicle, who was also transported to the hospital, is suspected of drunk driving and arrested.
While the desire to hold someone criminally responsible for an accident that results in serious injuries such as this is understandable, it is unclear what led Virginia law enforcement officers to believe that drunk driving was a factor in the crash or what evidence supports their beliefs. Regardless of claims made by police officers, the driver is presumed to be innocent of the charges until -- and only if -- sufficient evidence is provided in court to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. An attorney with experience with such cases can help the driver determine how to best respond to the allegations against him.