A 28-year-old man was arrested last Sunday evening after he allegedly struck and injured 13 individuals who were looking at neighborhood Christmas lights in Alhambra, California. Eleven people required hospital care following the unfortunate accident. Authorities arrested the male driver and as of last reports he was being held on bail of $130,000.
Local police say that the incident happened at approximately 8:30 p.m., when the allegedly drunk driver crossed a solid yellow line with his truck into opposing lanes of traffic. He then proceeded to strike two parked cars that had people inside. He also struck a group of pedestrians that had gathered on the sidewalk to view Christmas lights. The driver was arrested under suspicion of DUI, and he is due to appear in court on Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Driver Has History of DUI Offenses
According to court records, this is not the first time the driver has faced drunk driving allegations. Indeed, the man was not even supposed to be driving. His license and driving privileges were taken away a little more than a year ago, in November 2013, as a result of a drunk driving conviction. The November 2013 incident involved a drunk driving car accident.
Before his last license suspension, though, he faced other license suspensions for drunk driving. Earlier in 2013, for example, his license was suspended for over a month after he was accused of driving with a blood alcohol level that exceeded 0.08 percent. He got his driving privileges back in 2013 for a short time, only to lose them again. Public records also show that the court forced the man to install a breath interlock device in his vehicle in the past, to prevent him from driving while inebriated.
Does This Man Have Criminal Defense Options?
It is vital to remember that this man will have criminal defense options available to him during the court proceedings relating to this arrest. Even though he has been arrested, convicted and punished for drunk driving offenses in the past, he will have the right to refute the charges being brought against him in this most recent case. He will also have the right to plead guilty, as many accused parties choose to do in order to receive a reduction in punishments. Plea bargaining -- or coming to an agreement with the court and prosecution in exchange for a guilty plea -- has helped many individuals avoid jail, obtain shortened jail sentences and other benefits.
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