Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Providing alcohol before fatal DUI crash gets man busted

California DUI criminal defense lawyer news & Drunk Driving defense attorney info:

A 21-year-old California man was arrested Monday for allegedly providing the alcohol a 19-year-old woman drank before she was involved in a fatal California DUI collision in Pleasanton.

Police said that Paul Stonebarger knowingly supplied alcohol to minors attending a small all-night party in Pleasanton on Oct. 19. After leaving the party the morning of Oct. 20, Katie McKewon and Laurel Williams, both 19-year-old Pleasanton residents, were involved in a California DUI collision on Foothill Road near Highland Oaks Drive.

McKewon was driving southbound on Foothill Road at about 10 a.m. when she allegedly crashed her Ford Mustang into a Mercedes SUV in a northbound lane.

Williams died in the crash and McKewon was taken to Eden Medical Center where she was treated for severe head trauma. The driver of the Mercedes, 70-year-old Nancy Bressem, was also seriously injured in the collision.

According to police, lab results showed that McKewon's blood alcohol level was three times the California legal limit for drivers 21 years of age and older. McKewon was arrested Nov. 7 on charges of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and California DUI - felony drunk driving.

Stonebarger, a former Cal State University, Chico student who currently lives in Chico, is not being charged as a co-defendant of McKewon or as an accessory to her California DUI or drunk driving-related charges.

He was booked at Santa Rita Jail Monday for "providing the alcohol that led to the tragedy," according to police. If convicted, he faces up to a year in county jail and a "substantial fine."