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DUI in Rehoboth Kills Cyclist

Summer is truly upon us. Not only has Anderson Sotomayor finally been locked up after 6 DUIs, but now there are more reports of summertime DUIs. The most recent report comes from Rehoboth, on the Delaware coast.

Over the first weekend of July, Brian Meegan originally of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was driving his jeep under the influence, when he hit Russell Henman of Snow Hill, Maryland, reports NBC10. Meegan reportedly careened into Henman as he rode his bicycle on Coastal Highway. The crash threw Henman onto Meegan's hood, where he stayed for around 400 feet until the Jeep hit a curb and threw him off.

Meegan tried to flee the scene, but stopped soon after in a parking lot to remove Henman's bike from under his Jeep, according to WGMD. Police arrested him a short time later and charged him with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene, and DUI, among others. Meegan is being held for being in default of a $27,700 cash bail.

Delaware has nearly identical DUI laws to Pennsylvania. The only significant difference is that Delaware requires a minimum 3 month license suspension after a first offense, where Pennsylvania doesn't have a minimum suspension for the first.

This brings up the Driver License Compact, which is an interstate agreement between states to require the sharing of driving record information. The compact is in effect in 46 of the 50 states in the U.S. So it is not surprising that Florida, Delaware, and Pennsylvania are members of the compact.

The compact does not affect your driving record for minor offenses in Pennsylvania. Instead, it is to assure your punishment for charges of DUI, manslaughter, or other felonies involving an automobile.

In Meegan's case, he will have to face criminal charges in Delaware. Once he is done with Delaware's punishment, he will have to face the repercussions with the Florida DMV, if he returns to that state.

While Brian Meegan will properly be facing the consequences of his actions leading to the death of Russell Henman, remember that your actions for a summertime DUI (or drunk driving anytime of the year) will follow you home.

July 5, 2012 Editor's Note: This blog has been updated to reflect the information we have received that Mr. Meegan, while from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as stated, was not on vacation in Delaware at the time the accident discussed in this post occurred.

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