A 54-year-old Maryland man drove his truck into a residence and broke a propane line and an electric line in an accident near Baltimore on April 24. The first home caught fire, and a huge burst of flame flew up the side of the home to the second story, damaging the side of the building. A neighbor used a dry chemical extinguisher to put out the fire, so that by the time the fire department arrived, the flames were under control. A spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff’s Office indicated that the damage could have been much worse, and people could have been hurt.
The driver also backed his truck into a nearby residence and moved it off its foundation. He drove away from the scene through both yards. Police located him a few minutes later and took him into custody. The man faces a drunk driving charge and additional charges for DUI, possession of marijuana and fleeing the scene of an accident. He paid bail and was released.
The authorities attempted to speak with both homeowners, but they were distraught over the incident and refused to comment further. Reportedly, no one was hurt.
In Maryland, criminal defense attorneys who have a track record of working with DUI offenders might be able to negotiate with the prosecution for alternatives to harsh penalties. In some cases, substance abuse education and counseling is a viable option because people who want help overcoming addiction may work on becoming clean and sober. In turn, this might help them live a law-abiding life.
Source: WBALTV, “Deputies: Drunk driver hit 2 homes, setting 1 on fire,” April 26, 2013