Former race car driver who refuses sobriety test arrested for OWI

On Behalf of | May 29, 2019 | DUI

Even Indiana celebrities are required to abide by the law and may be arrested for legal infractions. This was the case with a former winner of the Indianapolis 500 who was recently arrested for driving under the influence.

According to the Indianapolis Star, after he was stopped by law enforcement officials, he refused to take a sobriety test after falling down an embankment. Misdemeanor charges were given for speeding, improper lane usage and endangering a person while operating a vehicle. After speeding past a police officer going 14 miles per hour over the speed limit, he was followed by the officer and drifted in an out of several lanes before he pulled over several blocks away.

The officer noticed several signs of intoxication, although the driver claimed he had not been drinking. Because he seemed impaired and refused the sobriety test, he was placed in handcuffs and taken in. Officers claim the man was hostile and after receiving a warrant, they had his blood drawn to determine his sobriety. The man has openly discussed his battle with alcoholism and has several offenses in other states, one for drunken driving hit and run and another for reckless driving and drunken driving.

Although it appeared the man was committing a crime, it is important to examine the evidence before any conclusion is reached. He has actively sought help for his disease in the past and may benefit from an alternative sentence such as court-ordered rehabilitation or counseling. A good defense attorney may be able to help him find the ideal solution for his situation that allows him to minimize the consequences of the arrest and get help at the same time.