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Driver faces DUI charge after hitting another car and restaurant

Closed circuit television cameras have become so commonplace in modern commerce that their presence is often overlooked unless their lenses may have captured an accident or crime. In a recent two-vehicle accident in Woodland, Washington, surveillance cameras captured almost every second of the incident. This resulted in police issuing drunk driving charges against one man.

The first surveillance camera captured an image of a Mercedes van leaving the traffic lane, crossing the sidewalk and then hitting the side of an SUV that was stopped at the intersection. The van then smashes into the side of a restaurant on the corner. A second CCTV video showed a pedestrian standing on the sidewalk outside the restaurant looking at a billboard. The man appeared to see and barely avoid the SUV, which was moving after being hit by the Mercedes. The SUV careened into restaurant seating on the sidewalk.

The owner of the restaurant told police that he saw the van heading for his restaurant and attempted to avoid being struck. The van shattered several large windows and caused the entire building to shake for a few seconds. No injuries were reported. Police arrested the driver of the Mercedes van, and the driver of the SUV was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. The driver of the Mercedes was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence; he may also face charges of DUI and vehicular assault. Police offered no information on whether the driver of the SUV may face charges.

The driver of the Mercedes may be facing serious criminal charges. If convicted of the more and depending upon his prior driving record, the man may face incarceration. However, it is important to note that even video surveillance cameras are not fool proof. The wrong person could be identified in such recordings, or the recording equipment could be faulty. Therefore, it is important to analyze the facts and law of cases involving video surveillance cameras as part of preparing to defend one's case at trial.

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