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Essex County Man Faces DUI Charge Following Accident

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On January 30, 2009, two vehicles were totaled and two men injured following an accident on Rt. 621 in Warsaw.  The crash occurred at approximately 9:00 PM on Chestnut Hill Road when a BMW sedan and pickup truck struck head on.

According to Virginia State Trooper Jene Brooks, who was in charge of the crash scene initially, the two men sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment.  The men were released.

At the time of the crash, Franklin Taylor of Caret was driving a 1991 BMW 525i and Sherland Balderson of Warsaw was driving a 1988 Ford F-150 pickup truck.  The accident was described as an “angled impact” between the BMW and Ford F-150, according to Brooks.

“It appears that the BMW rode the guard rail and then popped off veering into the other vehicle,” said Brooks.

Following the crash, Taylor was charged with DUI and arrested, according to Virginia State Trooper Joseph Benson.  Benson was the one who finished the accident report for the state police.  There have been no other charges filed in connection with the accident.

Taylor was arraigned on February 6 in Richmond County General District Court.  His hearing is set for May 1, 2009 at 9:00 AM.

Virginia has extremely strict laws when it comes to DUI convictions.  First-time DUI offenders may be fined as much as $2500 in Virginia.  If you are facing a DUI charge in Virginia, you should contact an experienced DUI attorney who can review your case and help you with your defense.

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