Around 7:40 p.m. on Tuesday night the driver of a Volkswagen Golf struck another car and crashed into a sound wall on Interstate 80 in Solano County. The CHP was following the speeding driver at approximately 100 miles per hour, when he began to drive erratically, recklessly switching lanes, and crashed before they could initiate a traffic stop.
The driver, a 28 year-old man from Davis, California, was able to get out of his car before it fully burst into flames. Firefighters from the City of Vacaville quickly controlled the fire before it caused extensive damage.
Observations of speeding and erratic driving will give a police officer reasonable suspicion necessary to initiate a traffic stop. Further, many San Francisco Bay Area police officers are trained in the Visual Detection of DWI/DUI Motorists. That training is done under the guidelines established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA. Phase one of DWI detection is Vehicle in Motion, and during that phase an officer must make observations of visual cues while deciding whether to stop the driver. Speeding itself is not listed among the NHTSA visual DWI detection clues, but weaving and weaving across lane lines are. The CHP appear to have had cause to stop the Davis man to begin DUI investigation before he crashed.
After being contacted by the CHP the driver submitted to a breathalyzer examination with and alleged blood alcohol concentration of .212, more than double California’s per se limit of .08. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and booked into the Solano County Jail.
If you are arrested for DUI, whether in Vacaville, Benicia, Napa or San Rafael, call an experienced aggressive driving under the influence attorney for help.
For more information about driving under the influence charges in Solano County and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, or for a free consultation, call Solano County DUI attorney John Stanko at 707-642-8900, 415-755-8899, or toll free at 1-877-204-8900.