There are a large number of cases where police witness a vehicle and then, based on their observations, elect to pull the vehicle over on suspicion of the driver operating under the influence. However, this is not the only way an officer can make a motor vehicle stop. In some cases, a tip from another motorist can initiate an investigation by Maryland police. If the tip is definitive enough and police are able to match the tip with a vehicle on the road, they may conduct a motor vehicle stop in order for them to begin an investigation that could result in a DWI charge.
In a recent case, a man was arrested on suspicion of DWI after police pulled his motorcycle over. Law enforcement received a complaint that the motorcyclist was operating at a speed in excess of 100 mph. Police responded to the area and discovered a motorcycle that reportedly matched the description set forth in the tip.
After conducting field sobriety tests, police took the man into custody. He was transported to the local sheriff’s department to be processed. It is unclear at this time whether the man was released after being processed or whether he remains incarcerated.
A DWI charge can carry with it serious penalties if the charge is supported by enough evidence for a conviction to be returned in a Maryland criminal court. However, the mere fact that a charge has been issued does not mean that a conviction on the charge will occur. If there is doubt as to the validity of the evidence presented, this may lead to a jury to finding the defendant not guilty or, in the alternate, could cause enough doubt in the strength of the state’s case to bring both the prosecution and defendant to the bargaining table.
Source: Southern Maryland News Net, “Complaint of Speeding Motorcycle Leads to DUI Arrest,” May 28, 2013
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