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Fatal Crash Leaves Defendant Facing Several Criminal Charges

On September 30, around nine in the evening, a Pinellas County man (initials D.D.) was seen speeding down a road near the Alden Beach Resort. He was spotted by a police officer who confirmed that was driving 69 mph in a clearly marked 35 mph zone. The law enforcement officer was attempting to perform a routine traffic stop on his motorcycle when the defendant sped up.

He then proceeded to hit a sedan that was pulling out of the parking lot a local hotel. The sedan rolled, and the defendant was thrown from his car. His vehicle ended up in the hotel's decretory fountain. The passenger and driver in the victim's sedan both were announced dead at the scene of the accident.

D.D. was taken into custody when released from the hospital. Law enforcement officers stated that tests show the defendant's blood alcohol concentration was at 0.12% - considerably higher than the legal limit. It was also found that he was positive for marijuana in his bloodstream.

The defendant now finds himself facing criminal charges that involve DUI manslaughter, aggravated fleeing and eluding, as well as driving with a suspended license. Police also have reason to believe that he was racing a minivan at the time of the accident and are currently asking for locals for any information that they might have.

If you currently find yourself facing criminal charges relating to drunk driving – no matter whether it is a first time misdemeanor or a crime of felony proportions, it is highly encouraged that you get a lawyer on your side. At Thomas & Paulk, we have extensive experience in these types of cases and have proven over the years that we can be fully trusted to help defend the legal rights of our clients.

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