Sometimes a car accident is just an unfortunate event. Last December, news broke that Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman James Loney had been in a car accident on the 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks. The Major League ballplayer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after the Nov. 14, 2011 crash.
However, as this blog reported in December, Loney was not taken to jail after the crash. Emergency responders had concerns that a medical emergency might have been underway, and Loney was taken to the hospital for medical testing.
Police accident reports indicate that paramedics believed that Loney was displaying symptoms consistent with head trauma, including disorientation, after the freeway car accident. Nonetheless, law enforcement took a blood sample, suspecting that the ballplayer was under the influence. That sample was sent off to the lab for testing. Now prosecutors say the test results are back and Loney will not be facing California DUI charges.
City prosecutors say that the blood tests drawn after the car accident tested negative for alcohol and drugs, according to the Los Angeles Times. Authorities have announced that based upon “insufficient evidence,” the ballplayer will not be charged with DUI.
During traffic stops, and often after car accidents, law enforcement looks for signs of impairment, such as confusion or disorientation, looking to enforce California’s strict DUI laws.
Los Angeles DUI defense attorneys are accustomed to reading police reports that often cite confusion, glassy or watery eyes, and similar vague symptoms as alleged indicia of impairment. However, a person who is not under the influence may be disoriented after a car accident. An individual with allergies may display bloodshot, watery eyes.
When facing serious DUI charges in LA, it is important to speak with an experienced DUI defense attorney to learn what defenses may be available in individual circumstances.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “Dodgers’ James Loney won’t face charges for November accident,” Andrew Blankstein and Dylan Hernandez, Fe. 1, 2012