Car strikes car stopped in road in Colorado; DUI suspected

No one would deny that police officers have difficult jobs. In fact, one officer claims that those who work the night shift encounter a driver who is driving under the influence of alcohol every shift that they work. Unfortunately, this frequency can lead officers to assume that a person may be DUI regardless of the evidence that supports their assumption. For example, it is unclear what lead officers in Colorado to believe that a driver who struck two police cars that were stopped in the road was under the influence.

The accident happened one night in May. An officer claims to have noticed another individual behaving suspiciously -- the individual was reportedly driving very slowly and weaving between lanes. When the officer initiated a stop, however, the driver allegedly stopped in the lanes of traffic rather than pulling over. Two other officers arrived at the scene to help direct traffic.

However, the officer indicates that he heard a loud bang, allegedly caused by another vehicle that had struck two of the police cruisers. The car overturned, and officers helped the driver -- who is said to have suffered minor injuries -- out of the car. Police believe that the driver of the vehicle that struck the rear of two of the patrol cars was under the influence. No other injuries were reported.

Despite the claims of the officers, it is unclear what led them to believe that the second driver was under the influence. Many drivers may have difficulty responding in time when encountering vehicles stopped in the middle of the road. In the aftermath of an accident such as this, a person's injuries and emotional response could also mimic some of the symptoms of intoxication. In order for the Colorado driver to be convicted of DUI or other charges, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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