Once again, someone driving under the influence has made life a little more difficult for those walking on foot. This time, thankfully, no pedestrians were put in danger by the driver's actions. Rather, they will simply have a longer walk.
A pedestrian footbridge over Longfellow Creek in North Delridge is expected to be closed for several weeks after being severely damaged by a Highland Park resident who has been charged with DUI and reckless endangerment.
Early on the morning of Friday, December 19, police who reported to the scene of an accident found that a truck had crashed through a footbridge into Longfellow Creek. Both the driver and the passenger were able to leave the truck on their own. One was treated for minor facial injuries.
The bridge, located near the West Seattle Health Club, is currently barricaded. Repairs are expected to begin sometime this month.
In addition to the charges of DUI and reckless endangerment, the driver has also been cited for a license violation and driving without insurance. He is currently out on bail under electronic home monitoring.
Less than three weeks prior to the accident, he had been jailed for four days after being charged for property destruction in connection to alleged domestic violence.
As someone who comes across new DUI cases almost daily, it is far easier to comment on DUI cases that have not involved significant bodily to another person. Luckily, this is one of these cases.
Moving forward, the defendant here should be mindful of the effects his prior criminal conduct may have on his sentencing if he is convicted of DUI. It appears that he is facing charges stemming from both the domestic violence incident and the DUI incident. it is likely that a conviction in the first case may affect how he is sentenced for the second, if he is also convicted of that crime.
Washington courts look at a defendant's offender score when determining their appropriate sentence. This score is determined by the defendant's prior criminal conduct.
If you have been charged with a DUI in and around Seattle, then know that your prior criminal history will also affect your sentencing if you are convicted. Because of this possibility, it is extremely important that you hire an attorney to protect your rights.
Attorney Steve Karimi has years of experience both prosecuting and defending DUI defendants. He understand the process and is committed to using his experience to ensure that his clients receive the best possible result.
If you have been charged with a DUI in and around Seattle, do not hesitate to contact Steve for a free consultation.