On Tuesday, September 15th, prosecutors with the Clark County District Attorney’s Office arraigned the 32-year-old man who caused a fatal DUI accident on U.S. 95 in Nevada’s Henderson area. Benjamin Joseph Ames would need the expertise of a drunk driving attorney.
The DA’s office charged the man with multiple counts of driving under the influence, causing death, and reckless driving. The prosecutors informed the court that at about 2 a.m. last Friday, September 11th, Ames operated a vehicle while intoxicated and traveled the wrong way.
They noted that the Hummer driven by the defendant traveled at 100 miles per hour and collided head-on with a Nissan Sentra on the northbound lane near Russell Road. The driver of the second vehicle, identified as Susan Teves, a 58-year-old Las Vegas resident, died at the scene.
Ames did not suffer any significant injury, and a Henderson court record showed that he had a .24% blood alcohol concentration. The legal limit in Nevada for adults and non-commercial drivers is .08%. The court set his bail at $250,000, and he remains at the Clark County Detention Center.
The preliminary hearing of evidence comes up on Tuesday, September 29th. Since August, the man has been on probation after getting convicted on assault with a weapon and domestic battery charges. There is no additional information.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is one of the leading causes of accidents in Nevada and the United States. Drivers should avoid getting behind the wheel while impaired and seek alternative means of transportation.
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