After a car accident, the police are trained to look for signs of impairment by alcohol or drugs with any of the drivers involved. After a hit-and-run accident, police may be on increased alert that the driver may be drunk. After multiple hit-and-run accidents in a row, the police may expect the driver to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
A man from North County San Diego was arrested by Sheriff's deputies after five separate hit-and-run accidents, all during the same night. The accident spree began around 5 p.m. in Vista when 26-year-old Michael Dorman hit a pedestrian in an Albertson's parking lot. The victim was taken to the hospital complaining of shoulder and hip pain while Dorman fled the scene.
When Sheriff's Department deputies arrived to investigate the parking lot hit-and-run, they received reports of two additional hit-and-run accidents in the surrounding area. One pedestrian was hit, suffering head and leg injuries, and the other incident involved a two-car collision, all three hit-and-runs involving a white Ford Explorer.
A couple of minutes later, officers received another hit-and-run call involving two pedestrians struck by a white Ford Explorer. Shortly after, a fifth hit-and-run car accident was reported. When deputies tracked down the Ford Explorer and tried to pull the vehicle over, the driver fled. After a 15-minute pursuit, including the Explorer striking two other cars, officers took Dorman into custody. He is facing multiple charges, including DUI, driving while on probation, and attempted murder. His blood alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit.
In Seattle, a man struck multiple vehicles on the I-5 before he was arrested by police for driving under the influence of drugs. The 22-year-old driver reportedly hit up to 12 cars with his Crown Victoria before he stopped, got out, and tried to steal another car. After the man was taken into custody, he told officers that he was playing a Fast and Furious video game and got the high score for causing the most damage. Police say the man was under the influence of methamphetamines and heroin at the time of the accidents, and he'd been arrested for a DUI the day before.
In Connecticut, a 22-year-old driver struck multiple parked cars before he was taken into custody and arrested on drunk driving charges. Officers responded to a report of a hit-and-run involving a parked car, where they saw Antonio Ajpop-Cor continue to strike two more parked cars before driving away. Police tried to pull the driver over, but he continued until he struck a fourth car before finally stopping.
Similar incidents have occurred in other states in the past couple of months. A driver in Virginia was arrested by police after striking 8 cars, injuring 2 drivers, and reportedly attempting to assault an officer. The driver was determined to be operating under the influence of alcohol and “suspected PCP.” Meanwhile, in Florida, a driver crashed into four vehicles before he was pulled over and arrested by police for drunk driving and the hit-and-run accidents.
If you were involved in an accident after drinking alcohol, contact the DUI lawyer who has dedicated her legal career to defending people charged drunk driving in the East Bay. With over 30 years of experience, Lynn Gorelick understands how a DUI accident conviction can affect your future, and how to fight to keep a conviction off your record. If you are facing a DUI, contact the local East Bay DUI defense attorney who understands that you do not have to plead guilty just because you were arrested.