Members of a high school marching band reportedly fled the practice field after a man believed to be intoxicated drove onto it. The 52-year-old Kentucky man faces a DUI charge after the bizarre incident. He is now set to be arraigned on Nov. 25 and, at last report, remained in custody against a $10,000 bond. Undoubtedly, his focus will now turn to his criminal defense options.
According to the limited information provided by the report, the man was driving his pickup truck the night of Oct. 12 when he reportedly drove through the school parking lot and onto the field. His vehicle reportedly came to a stop just feet from where the percussion section was practicing. Thankfully, no one was injured in the incident.
Local news reports the man was giving off a strong scent of alcohol, prompting police to administer a breath test. Police say he failed the test, so he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. He also faces 15 separate counts of wanton endangerment. It is unknown whether this is the man’s first DUI accusation.
A DUI charge is already damaging enough, as it can lead to a lost license, fines and even jail time. In this case, considering people were put at risk by his alleged actions, Kentucky prosecutors may take an even harder line in their attempts for a conviction. However, the man’s criminal defense attorney will carefully review the facts of the case, including the man’s breath test and subsequent arrest, to assess whether his rights were respected throughout the process, and in an attempt to build a strong case in his defense.