Motorcyclist lost part of foot in DUI crash and kept on riding


A motorcyclist in Fresno lost part of his foot in a crash with a big rig but kept on riding, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A motorcyclist whose name was not disclosed was driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs Thursday night when he crashed into a large truck, according to the CHP.

The truck driver noticed blood on the side of his truck and notified authorities. The CHP was aware of the incident when a woman called and said her husband lost part of his foot and was at a gas station near Highway 99 and Mountain View Avenue.

When the officer arrived at the station he saw a man lying on the floor with a helmet nearby. The motorcycle was not at the scene and the CHP believes one of the man’s friends or family members left with it.

The man was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. It was unclear how much of his foot he lost.

Driving under the influence of any drug is a crime often referred to as drugged driving, DUID or “driving stoned”. Section 23152(f) of the Vehicle Code provides that the crime has essentially the same legal effect as driving under the influence of alcohol:
• It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any drug to drive a vehicle.
• It is unlawful for a person who is under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug to drive a vehicle.

For more information on the effects of marijuana on driving, visit the firm’s materials on DUI Marijuana and DUI Drugs.

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LA Prosecutor Involved in Suspected DUI Crash with DJ Big Boy


A Los Angeles County prosecutor appeared intoxicated when he was involved in a collision with renowned radio host “Big Boy” this week in Calabasas.

Tuesday afternoon, Big Boy, whose real name is Kurt Alexander, was rear-ended by a BMW sedan on Parkway Calabasas.

The driver of the BMW was identified by authorities as Michael Pettersen, a longtime attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Video footage from the scene shows clearly a drunk suspect drinking from a bottle of alcohol in the driver’ seat while Alexander and his party wait on the side of the road.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies struggle to drag Pettersen into a patrol vehicle as he collapses onto the ground, appearing drunk. He was booked on felony DUI charges.
Alexander’s driver was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries.

Pettersen worked for the DA’s office for 28 years before being placed on leave in January 2017. Even though he remains an employee of the department, the DA’s office said, “His law license was suspended in September 2017.”

According to court records, Pettersen was previously arrested for driving under the influence charges in Ventura County back in December 2014. A warrant was issued when he failed to appear for a court hearing.

He was cited for driving with a suspended license in September 2016. A warrant was issued earlier this year when he failed to appear to his court hearing for that case.

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Teen Driver Faces DUI


A Walnut Creek car crash left two teenage men dead and two young women injured. The driver faces serious charges including DUI and manslaughter.

A vigilant was held outside John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, for two young women badly injured in a terrible car crash early Sunday morning.

The crash killed Dakarai Rishon Fagorala, 17, and John Hamed Walizada,18, after the car they were riding in veered off Highway 24 near Interstate Highway 680, sheriff’s officials said.

The car was reduced to a twisted piece of metal.

The driver, Ramya Ramey, 18, of Antioch, was arrested on suspicion of felony manslaughter for killing two passengers and multiple felony DUI counts for injuring two other passengers, according to the California Highway Patrol.

“Everyone needs to be held up in prayer,” said the driver’s cousin, Anisha Hackney. “Sending good thoughts. Can’t imagine what pain families are experiencing right now.”

The two male passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. Ramey and the two other female passengers, from Antioch and Oakley, all suffered major injuries and were still hospitalized as of Monday morning, according to the CHP.

“This is an underage drinking and driving collision which could have been prevented,” said a CHP spokesperson. “Just an awful situation for everybody.”

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Wrong Way Crash on 91 Freeway


DUI suspect was arrested after two people were killed in a wrong way crash Friday morning on the 91 Freeway in Riverside.

According to a California Highway Patrol spokesperson, a caller reported a motorist traveling westbound in eastbound lanes at 1:47 a.m.. The collision was reported three minutes later near Arlington Avenue.

Two women were killed, and a third passenger suffered minor injuries when the vehicle was struck by a suspected drunken driver traveling the wrong way.

A male passenger in that vehicle was transported to a hospital with major injuries.

The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was found at the scene when authorities arrived.

He was arrested on suspicion of DUI, according to the CHP.

Neither the victims nor the suspect were immediately identified.

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Trial Begins for Suspected DUI Driver That Killed 3 Teens


Bani Duarte, 28, of San Clemente has pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder in a March 29 crash in Huntington Beach that killed three Las Vegas teenagers and injured a fourth.

An Orange County judge ruled that there is enough evidence to hold the 28- year-old women for trial on charges of a murder and drinking under the influence in connection with the March crash in in Huntington Beach.

During a preliminary hearing, superior court judge Derek Johnson said, he was “struck by the statement from witnesses that Bani Duarte declined a ride from another driver before the fatal crash, despite later telling officers that she had ‘lots of problems with her vehicle.’”

Family and friends of the three teens that were killed in the crash —A. J. Rossi, 17, Brooke Hawley, 17, and Dylan Mack, 18 —applauded after Johnson delivered his ruling.

Duarte faces three counts of murder and one count of driving under the influence causing injury, along with sentencing enhancement on allegations of inflicting great bodily injury. She pleaded not guilty to all charges, according to Superior Court records.

Duarte’s defense attorney, Debra White, argued the murder charges should be dismissed. Prosecutors don’t have enough evidence to prove Duarte knew the risks of driving under the influence.

White said, “three men were following Duarte in a car and she was driving like someone was trying to get away from someone at the time of the crash.”

According to police, the men had called 911 to report Duarte as a possible drunk driver.

Duarte’s had an alcohol content of 0.28%, more than three time the legal limit. Huntington Beach police found a “partially empty” 1-ounce bottle of vodka in Duarte’s purse and her car contained an empty 24-ounce can of a malt beverage that its manufacturer says has 8% alcohol content.

Duarte’s Hyundai crashed into a Toyota containing the teenagers shortly after 1 a.m. on March 29 at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Magnolia Street in Huntington Beach. Three of the four teenagers inside, who were visiting Southern California from Las Vegas for spring break, were killed.

One of the teens, Alexis Vargas, survived the crash and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Duarte is in Orange County Jail with bail set at $4 million. Her next court appearance is scheduled for August 9.

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