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Man accused of drunk driving in Florida

One man in Florida is currently facing charges of driving under the influence. The DUI charges came after the man was reportedly involved in a vehicle accident. The man's drunk driving arrest took place on a Saturday in early December.

According to police, the man, age 45, lost control of his car near a beach. When police arrived at the crash scene, the man is said to have been leaning on the vehicle. He reportedly smelled like alcohol and also had urinated on himself.

Police said the man told them he had struck a patch of road that was wet while heading home, which caused him to lose control of his automobile. The man took a sobriety test and allegedly failed it, and he declined taking a breath test. Police said after they checked his driver's license, they learned that he had previously been arrested for DUI five times. He currently faces a number of charges.

As the case involving alleged drunk driving moves forward, the accused man -- alongside his legal counsel -- might have the chance to negotiate a plea deal in exchange for lesser charges or more favorable sentencing considerations. The choice of whether to take a plea deal, if offered, rests solely with the accused. The defendant retains the right to go straight to trial, where prosecutors have to prove his charges beyond a reasonable doubt before a conviction can be secured in Florida. Any person facing drunk driving charges has the same rights guaranteed to people accused of committing other types of crimes in the state.

Source: news965.com, "Key West man arrested for drunk driving", Dec. 6, 2015

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