Car accidents happen in Missouri every day. While some are caused by drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, many occur as a result of simple driver error, such as miscalculating a turn. Unfortunately, a teenager now faces several charges, including possession of drugs, following a car crash.
The incident happened one afternoon on a day in late June. According to a report written by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 19-year-old male was headed west on a Missouri road when police claim that he was unable to negotiate a curve. As a result, the vehicle reportedly crashed into a tree.
The driver suffered minor injuries. A female passenger was reportedly seriously injured; both were transported to the hospital by ambulance. The teenager was arrested shortly after the crash and faces several charges, including felony driving while impaired causing physical injury and careless imprudent driving resulting in an accident in addition to drug-related charges.
It is unclear how police were able to determine that he was under the influence of drugs so quickly after the crash or that the drugs belonged to the driver rather than the passenger -- both issues that will likely have to be addressed in order to meet the high burden of proof required to obtain a conviction. Unfortunately, a conviction of the possession of drugs and other charges filed against the Missouri teenager could have serious consequences. As such, he may choose to seek guidance from an attorney with experience with such cases to ensure he fully understands all aspects of the charges against him as well as the potential outcomes of all of his options.
Source: lakenewsonline.com, "Edwards teen arrested on drug charges after serious injury crash in western Camden County", June 30, 2017