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Teacher accused of drunk driving, manslaughter

A Missouri teacher is facing significant criminal charges in connection with an alleged drunk driving accident in October. The 32-year-old agriculture teacher is accused of getting behind the wheel with a blood alcohol content of about 0.19 percent, which is twice the legal limit for drivers in the state. He is facing charges of felony involuntary first-degree involuntary manslaughter, along with second-degree assault. An elderly man died in the crash on Oct. 25.

Troopers who responded to the scene reported that both vehicles were totaled, and the defendant appeared to be visibly intoxicated at the time of the collision. The man allegedly smelled like liquor. The man's eyes were also bloodshot and he showed other signs of intoxication, such as slurred speech and an unsteady gait. The defendant reportedly admitted to drinking two beers before getting behind the wheel. He then consented to some sobriety tests, which he subsequently failed.

Official reports show that the man drove the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 60, striking the 84-year-old victim's vehicle head-on. The decedent was declared dead at the scene. The man is facing further charges because he was transporting his two daughters at the time of the incident. Those girls, ages 6 and 8, suffered injuries in the collision and were transported to local medical facilities. It does not appear that the decedent had any passengers in his vehicle at the time of the crash.

The defendant in this case permitted the trooper to take a sample of his blood after he completed the sobriety tests.

In this case, the man is facing additional charges for assault because he injured the passengers in his own vehicle. Criminal defense attorneys can help DUI clients learn more about these auxiliary charges, helping them craft the most suitable strategy for the pending criminal proceedings.

Source: www.news-leader.com, "Patrol: Logan-Rogersville teacher was drunk in fatal crash that also hurt his 2 children" Thomas Gounley, Oct. 28, 2013

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