Former professional baseball player, Carlton Fisk, was recently arrested for DUI after police reportedly found him unconscious in his pickup truck while in a corn field. Police only became aware of what occurred after receiving a couple of phone calls saying that a vehicle was in the cornfield.
When police awoke Fisk, he was purportedly disoriented. According to the police report, Fisk declined a blood alcohol test, and it appears that he had an open bottle of vodka with him in his vehicle.
The police apparently took Fisk to the hospital, but his car was impounded after refusing to submit to a blood alcohol test. Fisk has been charged with improper lane use, illegal transportation of alcohol and DUI.
It does not appear that anyone was injured in this incident. Nevertheless, incidents such as this one generally can have severe legal consequences, and can also cause problems in one's personal life - especially for someone that has had so much success in public life. We forget that many of these incidents are the one and only time suspects face arrest for drinking related offenses.
To minimize the impact these kinds of arrests can have, consultation with an experienced defense attorney is generally in the suspect's best interest. Lawyers can help the person arrested tell their side of the story in court and possibly save them from time in jail. These lawyers can also negotiate with prosecutors to reduce or eliminate fines and other punishments. In certain cases, such negotiation can result in a lesser sentence that will have far less impact on one's personal life.
Source: USA Today, "Carlton Fisk's DUI in a corn field," by Scott Gleeson, Oct. 23, 2012
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