A man in California was recently picked up on allegations that he was driving under the influence. The case gets even more complicated, though, as he was then accused of having started a fight at a gas station prior to his arrest.
According to news reports and local authorities, the man went to get gas in Redwood City, pulling into a Quick Stop gas station right around 9:00 p.m., on Friday, March 29. There, he and another man started arguing about a pump. That second man was 23 years old. The first man then allegedly punched him hard enough to knock him down and send him to the hospital.
After the fight, the authorities say that he left the gas station. About 20 minutes before midnight, he was pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer. That officer believed he was under the influence and made the arrest. That tipped off the officers who were investigating the fight, and they realized the man they were after had already been arrested. He'd been taken to the Santa Clara County Jail for the DUI arrest, but he was sent over to the San Mateo County Jail instead.
The man is now facing DUI charges, aggravated battery charges and charges for assault resulting in great bodily injury. Some of those are felony charges.
A case like this can change someone's life forever. All it takes is one night of mistakes to lead to stiff penalties and a record that they can never shake. That's why it is so important for anyone facing charges to know about all of their legal defense options.