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North Carolina man running for sheriff accused of medication DWI

Many drivers in North Carolina may know that the so-called “per se” limit to legally drive a car after drinking is set at 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration. The law essentially creates a mandatory presumption that any driver who measures 0.08 percent BAC or more is too impaired to drive.

But the law in the state has another prong aimed at drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or other impairing substance. In these situations, the officer may testify about observations of driving conduct, performance on field sobriety tests and other observations made of a driver during an investigatory stop.

Notably, North Carolina law does not limit impaired driving offenses to those involving allegations of alcohol. A person who takes prescription medications or other drugs may be accused of DUI or DWI in North Carolina.

Catawba County man accused of DWI, dragging deputy with car

Law enforcement and prosecutors may, from time-to-time, add extra allegations when pursuing charges related to an alcohol offense. The list of available charges may vary depending upon the circumstances. For instance, a teen suspected of underage drinking may face additional charges for resisting arrest based upon alleged uncooperative behavior during an interaction with law enforcement. When a vehicle is involved, the charges can include felony offenses, depending upon the alleged facts.

A 20-year-old man is accused of three felonies and other charges after a deputy claims that the young man drove through a red light in Lincoln County, North Carolina. Deputies claim that the Catawba County man refused to pull over after the deputy activated the emergency lights on his car. A chase ensued down N.C. 73, before the man turned onto a street in Denver, North Carolina, according to officials.

Law enforcement, North Carolina AG discuss drinking, drug issues

State officials met last week to discuss ways to address several issues that may affect teens and college students in North Carolina. Among the issues that law enforcement and the state attorney general discussed were underage drinking, prescription pills (and other drugs), as well as the processing of toxicology tests in the crime lab.

Authorities believe that the problems with prescription medications are “exploding” in North Carolina high schools, according to WECT News. While underage drinking has always been on the radar for North Carolina law enforcement agencies, the issue of prescription medications has been getting a certain amount of attention more recently. A large problem with many controlled substance allegations in the state is the parallel issue of people being held behind bars while a drug case remains pending.

Three arrested on drug charges after North Carolina traffic stop

Followers of this blog may understand that law enforcement may often use a minor traffic violation as the basis to conduct a traffic stop. During the stop, officials often seek to find other reasons of suspicion to expand the stop to more serious allegations. While drivers may face drunk driving charges after one of these investigations, a stop may lead to other legal problems for a driver and passengers in the car.

A recent alleged burned out light on a car led to a traffic stop resulting in the arrest of three people in Lincolnton, North Carolina. Deputies claim that the driver handed over a fake ID during the stop. Our readers may know that the possession of a fake ID can bring a criminal charge. But, officials say that more was uncovered during the investigation.

Study looks at underage drinking and driving among teens

The spring season also brings spring break, the prom season, followed by the high school and college graduation seasons in North Carolina. Each year, associated with these events, young people find themselves hauled into court on underage drinking and driving, or the more traditional driving while impaired charges in North Carolina.

It is important to note that the general rule in North Carolina is that evidence of impairment is sufficient for authorities to bring DWI charges against a person. Impairment may be based upon an alcohol test showing a reading of 0.08 percent or more. It may also be based upon testimony of an officer and other evidence besides a chemical test.

Moped rider injured near Greenville Mall charged with DWI

Authorities say that the rider of a moped was injured in an accident with another vehicle Saturday night near the Greenville Mall. The moped rider suffered personal injuries in the crash and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Greenville Police suspect that the moped rider may have been under the influence at the time of the crash. Authorities obtained a blood sample at some point after the wreck. The sample has been sent on for toxicology tests by the State Bureau of Investigation. Meanwhile, the man who had been riding the moped is accused of driving while impaired based upon police suspicions.

Few details about how the blood test was administered have been reported in the local media. Pitt County DWI defense lawyers understand that errors may be made in how a blood test is administered. Test results may be comprised down throughout chain of custody of a blood kit, including through mistakes made in the lab.

How reliable are field sobriety tests in a North Carolina DWI?

People in Pitt County may have often heard about field sobriety tests associated with an investigation into driving while impaired offenses. These exercises, which commentators may often say are seemingly cloaked in scientific garb, are often used in North Carolina. Officers may later seek to testify in court about their observations to support an arrest, and as evidence of impairment.

Notably, FSTs are fallible. There may be a wide number of different tests that agencies (or officers) use. Three standardized tests are recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration whose research essentially says that the tests are close enough for government work to be accurate.

North Carolina man accused of assault, DWI, more at TGI Friday's

Authorities accuse a 20-year-old North Carolina man of several crimes after an alleged dispute at a restaurant over the weekend. Among the charges is the accusation that the young man committed assault with a deadly weapon while he allegedly drove through the parking lot while leaving the establishment.

Police claim that the incident began as a dispute among patrons inside a TGI Friday’s establishment in Wilmington, North Carolina. The manager of the restaurant stepped in. However, Wilmington Police say that a 20-year-old man assaulted the manager inside the restaurant and fled from the establishment without covering his tab.

NC Highway Patrol says woman blew 0.35 percent, had kid in car

Authorities say that a Stanley, North Carolina, woman crashed into the rear of a school bus in Lincolnton on Tuesday afternoon. The bus was stopped on the road. When a trooper from the North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the accident scene, the trooper claims that he suspected the woman was impaired.

Law enforcement claims that the woman blew a 0.35 percent alcohol level during a breath test related to a drunk driving investigation. Authorities believe that the woman was on her way to drop her son off at lacrosse practice. Police say that boy is 15 years old.

Trooper arrests man for DWI, drug charges near Garysburg

Law enforcement in Northampton County, North Carolina, arrested a man on suspicion of drug possession and driving while impaired early Saturday morning. Like many DWI arrests, a deputy claims that the Pleasant Hill, North Carolina, man was driving in an erratic manner on Route 301 near Garysburg, North Carolina, around 1:15 a.m.

The deputy says that he conducted a traffic stop. While the deputy interacted with the man, the deputy suspected that the driver may have been intoxicated. A trooper from the North Carolina Highway Patrol was called in to investigate.

The trooper suspects that the 55-year-old driver was drunk. However, law enforcement claims that a substance was found during the investigation. The state trooper thinks that the man was in possession of two rocks of suspected crack cocaine. It is not clear from a recent story in the Daily Herald what chemical test, if any, may have been conducted during the DWI investigation. It is also not clear whether the suspected crack has been tested.