The Tony Maidstone Club golf course was the site of an unusual accident recently. The accident left the driver injured and facing criminal charges.
A 33-year-old real estate broker was allegedly drunk when he lost control of his Mercedes-Benz classic coupe. The car is said to be unregistered, uninspected and uninsured.
His car hydroplaned off the road, flipped several times and came to land on the 8th hole of the course. The car landed on its roof and the man had to be taken to Stony Brook University Hospital. He is listed in stabled condition.
The fact that he was injured in the accident or that the car was crumpled doesn't mean that he is off the hook when it comes to criminal charges. Much to his likely dismay, the man was charged for the accident.
The real estate broker is now facing a felony drunk driving charge because of another DUI conviction. He also had traffic violations. Both of those factors played a part in the decision to charge the man with a felony DUI charge.
Despite the severity of the accident, his prior conviction and the circumstances of the accident, the man insists that he wasn't intoxicated. His lawyer notes that the man's reputation could be affected by an "unnecessary rush to judgment."
That statement highlights what many people who are facing felony DUI charges think about. Reputations can be damaged when felony DUI charges are filed. While there isn't any easy way to stop the effects on your reputation, a strong defense could possibly minimize the penalties you face because of a conviction.
Source: New York Post, "Broker charged with DWI after car flips off road into golf course," Tina Moore, July 04, 2016