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Texting and driving can potentially lead to serious accidents on roadways in Tennessee and around the nation. In efforts to reduce accidents caused by distracted driving, many states have prohibited drivers from texting when they are behind the wheel. Police officers are increasingly diligent in attempting to curb this behavior and often stop those drivers spotted texting while driving. As a result of a recent stop, one driver must now evidently deal with drunk driving charges in addition to the claimed texting violation.

According to Nashville police, a 29-year-old man was traveling on Briley Parkway. He was apparently pulled over for not maintaining his lane and also texting while driving. Reports state that officers told the driver they planned to search his car after they purportedly smelled marijuana. Officers claim the man told them he needed to talk to his 11-year-old son in the back seat of his car to explain the situation. However, police stated that instead of speaking with his son, the man drove his car away, reaching speeds over 100 mph.

Police apparently followed the vehicle for a short time and arrested the man. He has been charged with felony evasion and driving under the influence. The man also faces charges of child endangerment and violation of the implied consent law.

Drunk driving charges in Tennessee could result in serious penalties, from fines and loss of license to significant jail time. Many facing these charges seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney. A lawyer familiar with the complexities of the legal process can help build the best defense to minimize the negative impact on a client's life.

Source: Nashville, TN Patch, "Nashville Man Speeding, Texting, High And Driving A Child: Police", J.R. Lind, May 9, 2017

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