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Criminal charges add to troubles of Indiana man after lawsuit

A 30-year-old man already named as a defendant in a civil personal injury case now faces multiple criminal charges after a motorcycle crash. He has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating without a proper license, and a level 6 felony for driving with a blood alcohol concentration above .08 and causing serious injury.

According to the police report, he was driving a motorcycle in Griffith when he went through a landscaping barrier close to the intersection of Columbia Avenue and Wood Street. He and a female passenger both required hospital treatment for their injuries.

The civil lawsuit brought by the passenger also assigns responsibility to the local bowling alley where the man was allegedly drinking in the hours before the crash. It accuses the bowling alley of negligence for recklessly continuing to serve him alcohol when he was obviously intoxicated. She left the bowling alley riding on the motorcycle with him, and she is seeking damages for her permanent injuries.

The criminal charges that come after a drunk driving arrest could impose long-term consequences on a person if a conviction is obtained. These could include difficulties obtaining housing and gainful employment, and of course the immediate consequences could include incarceration and a heavy fine. As a result, a person who is in this type of situation might find it advisable to meet with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible so that a strategy to combat the allegations can be constructed.

Source: NWI Times, "Motorcyclist named in civil suit against Griffith bowling alley now faces drunken driving charges", Sarah Reese, Nov. 2, 2018

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