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Truck slams into Mardi Gras parade crowd, man accused of DUI

Mardi Gras is a time of fun and partying. Visitors come from all around the world to experience the non-stop party atmosphere. Sometimes the temptation is too great, and people have a bit too much to drink, and driving afterward can be a recipe for disaster. The dense crowds, closed streets for parades, and other obstacles make the city difficult to navigate, even if you are sober.

BAC almost three times the legal limit

One young man faces accusations of driving drunk and slamming into a crowd watching a Mardi Gras parade. The 25-year-old reportedly had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .232 percent at the time of his arrest. This is almost three times the legal BAC limit of .08 percent. Even though the man was above the legal drinking age, he will still face charges in connection with this accident because he was driving a vehicle.

A scene of chaos

The man hit cars before he ran into the crowd watching the 81-float parade. The Endymion parade is the largest Mardi Gras parade in the city. The route stretches from Mid-City to downtown. Witnesses said the man appeared to lose control of his vehicle before slamming into the crowd. At least 28 people suffered injuries in the crash. The youngest injured person is three years old. Fortunately, none of the injuries are life-threatening.

Criminal charges are pending

Police arrested the man at the scene. He has a $125,000 bail in connection with the charges. Bail terms include an ankle monitor and house arrest. He is facing some serious charges. On only a first-time DUI charge, he is facing up to six months of imprisonment, two years of probation, community service and other penalties.

The man's BAC also means that he is facing enhanced charges. Louisiana law sets enhancements for dues based on a person's BAC. One enhancement occurs at a BAC of .15 percent. Another enhancement is set for a BAC of .20 or higher. These enhancements mean harsher penalties.

Rights of the accused

Individuals who are facing a DUI charge in Louisiana should remember they have a right to a legal defense. Starting on a legal defense early in the case gives the accused time to explore defense strategies and any options that may be available for minimizing the negative consequences.

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