Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Felony DUI 95 mph + evasion in California

California DUI lawyer news

A California man suspected of leading the California Highway Patrol on a high-speed chase Monday night that ended when he violently smashed into a van in Concord may have been California DUI - driving under the influence.

Richard Terrell, 38, of Antioch will be arrested on suspicion of felony California DUI - drunk driving and felony evasion after he is treated at a local hospital for injuries suffered in the crash.

According to CHP reports, about 9:30 p.m. an officer saw a Dodge Avenger speeding erratically on westbound Highway 4 near Bay Point. The officer began to pursue the car but lost sight of it, partly because it was traveling at more than 95 mph.

Witnesses said that the Avenger initially traveled past the southbound Highway 242 split but swerved sharply right and down a dirt embankment.

A pursuing officer discovered the dirt tracks and went down the same path, regaining sight of the Avenger on southbound Highway 242. CHP reports indicate that the car, now with a flat tire, accelerated and exited on the Solano Way/Grant Street offramp.

The Avenger ran a red light and broadsided the passenger side of a Ford Econoline van at a speed described by the CHP, Concord police and witnesses as 85 to 100 mph. The impact knocked the van 25 feet and overturned it.

All three Antioch men in the van had head cuts.Terrell had a compound ankle fracture. All four men were taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

A California DUI attorney will have his hands full here.