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Man accused of DUI and assault on same day

On Aug. 30, Pierce County authorities reported that the same 30-year-old man was taken into custody twice. The Washington resident was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol for the first incident and for domestic violence assault for the second incident.

During the first alleged incident, deputies observed a man sitting in a truck in front of a house in Key Peninsula that was known for squatter activity due to being vacant. When the truck left, a deputy conducted a traffic stop on the man to talk to him. During the stop, the deputy alleged that the smell of intoxicants was present. When the driver was ordered to get out of the vehicle, the man dropped his phone and had his shorts fall down. He was ultimately taken into custody for DUI after tests confirmed that his blood alcohol content was well over the legal limit.

That evening, police were contacted after the man's father reported that he had been assaulted. According to the father, he had told his son that he was worried about the safety of his granddaughter due to the man's drinking. He was taken into custody after he was accused of threatening to kill the father.

When a person is facing a drunk driving charge, there are both legal and administrative consequences. Legal consequences could potentially include a jail sentence, probation and the requirement to take alcohol education classes. The severity of the consequences could depend on the number of prior DUI convictions the person has. Administrative consequences include a potential loss of driving privileges for up to a year. An attorney could challenge the charges if the authorities did not have the required reasonable suspicion to pull the vehicle over.

Source: KOMO News, "Key Peninsula man arrested twice in one day", Aug. 31, 2017

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