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Felony drunk driving charges filed against teen driver

A teenage driver in Texas was arrested after allegedly causing a serious accident in which multiple people were injured, including himself. Charged with intoxication assault -- a felony -- he was first treated at a hospital before being taken into police custody. He has since posted a $10,000 bond and is likely considering possible approaches to his drunk driving charges.

According to police, the 17-year-old driver was intoxicated and speeding at the time of the accident. An accident reconstruction expert estimated that he was traveling at approximately 69 mph in a 30 mph zone when he struck a vehicle driven by a 24-year-old. Both the driver and the passenger in the second vehicle were injured. Both the victims and the alleged intoxicated driver were all transported to the same area hospital for treatment.

A toxicology report from his hospital stay indicated that the teen driver's blood-alcohol content was as much as twice that of the legal limit for a driver aged 21 or older. However, Texas has a zero tolerance policy for drivers younger than 21. This means that Texas prohibits them from operating a vehicle with any detectable amount of alcohol in their systems.

No matter a defendant's age, facing felony charges for drunk driving can be an overwhelming and upsetting experience. Many Texas defendants lose their driving privileges even without a conviction, so acting in a timely manner is often essential. Since these types of charges tend to move much quicker than other criminal matters, defendants often choose to work alongside an experienced attorney throughout the process.

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