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Defense Argues PTSD Led to DUI Accident

What would normally have been an open-and-shut case in the courtroom turned out to be trickier than anticipated.

According to a police department, a young man drove the wrong way on a highway in April of last year, plowing head-on into another vehicle. As a result, the other driver lost his life immediately. The driver was charged with vehicular manslaughter and prepared to spend serious time behind bars. However, his legal team painted a picture of him in court that inspires not just pity, but respect for the former military member.

As a three-time Purple Heart award recipient, as well as a Bronze star for his work in Iraq and Afghanistan, the defendant gave years of his life to protect his country. However, he suffered from severe post-traumatic stress disorder, which led to his excessive drinking. The military has even issued a statement in the case, writing that it should be more thorough in examining its returning troops to screen for PTSD as well as treating the condition.

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