Man Charged With DWI was Under the Influence of Undisclosed Substance: Substance Abuse Reports in DWI Cases
A man was charged with DWI after it was reported that he smashed into a North Carolina State Trooper’s patrol car. The 45-year-old man caused the crash at around 1:00 a.m. Saturday on West Boulevard near Holibird Lane. The trooper was left uninjured; however the same thing cannot be said of the police cruiser. It will be a total loss. Police report that it remains unclear what the man was under the influence of, or how impaired he was. The suspect was taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail, and was later released with a court date set for Oct. 21.
One of the aspects of a DWI arrest is the possibility of substance abuse treatment. The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles and the state court system work with the state’s Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services to make sure DWI offenders receive substance abuse assessment. Further, they must complete any required steps, such as through the ADETS program (also known as the Alcohol and Drug Education Traffic School).
The following programs can be negotiated through your lawyer, the judge, and possibly the NC DMV will provide you with the relevant information. It is $100 for the DWI assessment, and a $160 fee for ADETS. Treatment programs can also be used and they vary by provider. Some DWI offenders can skip treatment programs and enroll in ADETs only after a drug assessment. This is based on chemical tests, and showing no criteria for being dependent on substances.