According to a recent news article from the Daily News, a man arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Tennessee allegedly threatened to join the terrorist group ISIS and kill the police officer as his first victim.
Authorities say that defendant pulled into a gas station with a car with a broken windshield that had obviously been in an alcohol-related car crash and vomited on his pants. Defendant allegedly smelled strongly of alcohol and could barely stand beside his vehicle as police arrived.
Defendant was asked to perform some field sobriety tests but was stopped when asked to do the walk-and-turn and one-legged-stand tests.
After being placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), assault, leaving the scene of accident (hit-and-run) and driving without a license, the man was seated in the back seat of the police cruiser when he allegedly made the threats to the arresting officer. As noted in the article, if he was serious about his threats, he will have wait until he is released from jail before taking any action.
Boston drunk driving injury lawyers know hit-and-run cases and cases involving drivers who are unlicensed pose more challenges than a typical alcohol-related car accident lawsuit.
The reason these cases are more complex is that, in the case of a hit-and-run, if police do not find the driver, it may be impossible to serve that person with a civil complaint and make him or her a defendant in the lawsuit. In the case of a driver who does not have a license, it is likely that he or she does not have car insurance, since auto insurance companies require proof of license and driving history before offering coverage.
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