Man Accused of Felony DUI for Costa Mesa Crash

According to a CBS2 report, a 22-year-old man was arrested for felony DUI for causing the death of a 20-year-old woman in Costa Mesa on Sunday, February 15, 2010, at 2:30 in the morning. The accused drunk driver had been driving a Toyota pickup truck, when he went through a red light and slammed into the passenger side of a Corolla sedan at Sunflower Avenue and Sakioka Drive. The passenger in the Corolla died at the scene.

Police suspect that the alleged DUI driver was fleeing the site of an earlier hit and run non-injury crash in Santa Ana when the accident occurred. He is being held in lieu of a $1,050,000 bail and is being charged with murder and vehicular manslaughter in addition to felony DUI. In regards to the earlier crash, Santa Ana police are conducting a separate hit and run investigation.

The driver of the Corolla, a 21-year-old man, was treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries and was charged with a misdemeanor DUI. He was released from custody at the hospital.
Being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is often an overwhelming experienced for an accused individual. A person charged with DUI faces serious penalties that can impose a wide range of life-changing consequences. However, a skilled DUI defense lawyer in California can help determine whether a person’s rights were violated during their arrest or interrogation.

If you have been charged with a drunk driving offense, remember that you are innocent until proven guilty. A skilled Orange County DUI attorney at Sitkoff & Hanrahan will investigate your case and work to build a strong defense on your behalf to help you keep your license or lessen the DUI or vehicular manslaughter charges against you. Our aggressive criminal defense lawyers have a wealth of knowledge and experience in handling misdemeanor and felony DUI cases as well as other traffic offenses and DMV license suspensions. Contact our offices today for a free consultation by calling 866-430-8383.

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