Los Angeles police arrested a local man on suspicion of DUI and felony hit and run. The man crashed his van into an outdoor dining area at The Fish Spot. Following the accident, which injured 9 individuals, the man attempted to flee the scene.
Restaurant patrons chased the suspect and detained him until police arrived. According to witnesses, the driver of the van ran a red light and collided with another car. Following the initial collision, the van driver lost control of his vehicle and jumped the curb. The van came to rest among a large number of late afternoon diners.
One of the diners, a 44-year old man was admitted to a local hospital in critical condition. Eight other diners and employees suffered various injuries. All are expected to recover.
Authorities released the man the day after the accident occurred on a $100,000 bond. He will appear on charges of DUI in LA Superior Court later this month.
Los Angeles DUI Lawyer
This case describes one of the worst possible DUI arrest circumstances. The majority of drunk driving arrests in California are misdemeanors. Prosecutors can seek felony drunk driving charges when a crash results in injuries or death. They can also seek felony charges when a person has a history of drunk driving arrests. If you’re facing a drunk driving charge in Los Angeles County, hire an experienced DUI
Drunk driving charges are serious because a felony conviction can put you in prison. You can also lose your driver’s license permanently or for a long period of time. In addition, drunk driving convictions – whether felonious or not – can result in additional license suspensions, fines, driving restrictions and other sanctions.
Do not attempt to defend yourself, and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to fight, reduce or eliminate drunk driving charges in court.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County DUI case.
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