A Houston Police K-9 Unit was struck during a traffic stop on the North Freeway in the early morning hours, Monday, May 6, 2013. Two drivers were detained in connection with the accident. The accident occurred in the northbound lane of the North Freeway near Aldine bender road. The patrol car had stopped the driver of a pickup truck which had failed to yield to a stop sign at an intersection nearby. Approximately three minutes later, the k-9 unit patrol car was rear ended by a car entering the freeway entrance ramp at a high rate of speed. The second driver, after striking the patrol car, pushing it into the pickup truck and was flipped onto its side. Both the human and K-9 officers were in the patrol car at the time of the collision, but neither one was injured. The driver of the second vehicle and the pickup truck also escaped injury as well. Both the driver of the pickup truck and the driver of the second vehicle are detained as possible DUI charges may be pending for one or both drivers. You should never drink and drive, and it is always best to have a designated driver if you know you are going to be consuming alcohol. In the State of Texas, the limit is 0.08% of Blood Alcohol Concentration or BAC. This is the legal limit for driving under the influence. For drivers holding a commercial driver’s license is now the law across entire nation. Factors such as weight, age, sex and other factors can affect how alcohol affects you. The State of Texas Beverage Alcohol Commission has put together a Blood Alcohol Concentration Chart here: http://www.tabc.state.tx.us/enforcement/blood_alcohol_percentage_chart.asp. The chart approximates the Blood Alcohol Consumption or BAC over time along with the number of drinks that a person has had. The chart can help you gauge how long you will need to wait before your BAC reaches a safe level for driving again. As in all things, please use your best judgment and common sense. Waiting to drive until you are completely sober is the best course of action. If you have been involved in a serious accident involving alcohol or a collision with a police vehicle, give our offices a call and one of our experienced attorneys can help you. We have years of experience in DUI and accident cases. Our legal representation can help you to recoup not only the cost of damages to your vehicle, but also medical treatment, loss of work or wages, and potential legal charges which might have been incurred. Let us help you figure out what options are best for you.