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Suspected drunk driver plows into crowd at Mardi Gras

Louisiana, and New Orleans specifically are known around the world for a few things. One of those things is Mardi Gras, the annual party that brings locals and tourists alike to the streets of New Orleans to celebrate. This Mardi Gras, the party took a terrifying turn when a pickup truck crashed into a crowd of party goers. The city's police have released the driver's blood alcohol level at the time of the crash.

According to police reports and witness testimony, the man who is accused of driving carelessly into a crowd of people and injuring 28 people had a BAC of .232 at the time of the crash. This is nearly 3 times the legal limit of .08 and puts him in danger of not only civil suits but also criminal action by authorities. As of now, the driver has been charged with reckless driving and hit-and-run driving which are first-degree vehicular negligence charges. It is likely more will follow as the investigation continues to develop.

According to the New Orleans police chief, the suspect was allegedly driving a pickup truck that was involved in a car accident when he hit two cars before running into the crowd. He appeared to be highly intoxicated. 21 people had to visit the hospital after the pickup truck burst into the crowd of people.

People expect to have fun and enjoy themselves as these events, not to end up in the hospital because a vehicle hit them. If that does happen, they may be able to pursue legal options against the reckless driver who caused their injuries.

Source: CNN, "Mardi Gras truck crash: Driver had .232 blood alcohol level, police say," Feb. 27, 2017

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