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Man accused of stealing car and DUI

A Washington man was accused of stealing a car and crashing through two security gates after falling asleep behind the wheel on June 22. Authorities were able to take the man into custody after he attempted to flee on foot.

At about 6:30 a.m., police officers found a man passed out behind the wheel of a running vehicle. The vehicle was parked up against the employee parking lot of the Bremerton Police Department and was blocking the alleyway. Officers were able to wake the man up. He immediately hit the gas pedal and crashed through an electronic security gate, causing him to enter the police station parking lot. He rammed through a second electronic security gate, causing serious property damage and damage to the vehicle.

The accused man attempted to flee the authorities but crashed the vehicle several minutes later in the Warren Avenue and Burwell Street area. The man then attempted to flee from the scene of the crash on foot, but was ultimately captured by the authorities about a block away. It was later determined that the vehicle had been stolen. He was charged with multiple offenses, including DUI, attempting to elude police, hit and run, and possession of stolen property, among others. His bail was reportedly $500,000.

DUI is one of the most common offenses and carries serious penalties, particularly when a person has previous drunk driving convictions or has charges that were aggravated by other circumstances. In particular, a person can face a jail sentence, probation, community service and hefty fines. A criminal law attorney can work to find weaknesses in the prosecution's case. For example, if the authorities did not properly administer a blood or breath test, in some cases the charges could be dismissed.

Source: Komo News, "DUI suspect wakes up, crashes through security gates at Bremerton Police Dept.", June 22, 2017

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