Friday, February 22, 2008

Dead Dog case leads to escalation of california dui charges

california dui attorney news - San Diego Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer case

NORTH COUNTY california dui COURTS – A california dui court hearing for a california dui drunken-driving suspect who jumped off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge with an Oceanside police dog has been postponed until April 17.
Cory Byron, 27, survived the 200-foot fall Dec. 31, but the dog, Stryker, died.

The continuance of Byron's california dui preliminary hearing was granted by Vista Superior Court Judge Dan Goldstein yesterday after california dui prosecutors said new california dui charges will be filed against him soon. The ccalifornia dui harges are related; three women were in a car Byron allegedly hit in Oceanside with a pickup he was driving.

The california dui incident was first thought to be a noninjury, hit-and-run crash. The women, however, say they suffered significant injuries, california dui prosecutor Paul Myers said.
“They've had a lot of medical problems since then,” he said.

Byron, who lives in Vista, has been charged with animal cruelty to a police dog and evading police in a reckless manner, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor california dui drunken driving and misdemeanor hit-and-run.

Myers said outside court yesterday that the misdemeanor california dui charges probably will be raised to felony charges of hit-and-run causing injury and california dui drunken driving causing injury.

Myers also said the District Attorney's Office still intends to pursue the animal-cruelty charges.

An infrared video shot from a police helicopter shows the crucial moments leading to Byron's jump from the bridge.

Byron's california dui defense lawyer, Anthony Solare, said his client had no intention of hurting the dog and didn't know the animal had fallen off the bridge until later.