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Drunk driving charges filed against man found passed out

One man in Florida has been arrested on DUI charges. The man's drunk driving charges came after police said they found him passed out in a car on a recent Monday afternoon. Police said the car had been involved in a collision prior to this.

According to authorities, the man, 44, rear-ended a car at the intersection of two streets and ended up fleeing the scene. The man's car then reportedly collided with the gates of a U.S. Air Force base. Police said they later found him in the car unconscious behind the wheel and removed him from the vehicle around 2:30 p.m.

Police reported that when they found the car, it was parked in a lot and was running. They said the man did not want to complete a blood alcohol test. He now faces charges of operating a vehicle while under the influence, leaving the site of a vehicle crash that led to injury and leaving the site of a collision with property damage. A bail of more than $3,000 was set for him.

As this drunk driving case moves forward, the defendant might be given the opportunity to plea bargain with the prosecution. A plea deal may be beneficial in that it might lead to reduced charges and/or a lighter sentence that what would normally be imposed following a guilty verdict at trial. The defendant may also simply decide to proceed straight to trial to contest the charges. He has the right to choose the course of action that he considers to be in his best interests in this type of criminal case in Florida.

Source: tbo.com, "Police: DUI driver arrested after hit-and-run, striking MacDill AFB gates", Andres Alvarez, Feb. 2, 2016

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