Thursday, April 3, 2008

Former police lieutenant arrested for California DUI - possible blood test issue

California DUI lawyer news

A former Oxnard police lieutenant and CSU Channel Islands police chief, now the assistant police chief at UCLA, was arrested on suspicion of California DUI drunk driving over the weekend even though hospital personnel allegedly refused to take a blood sample, California DUI attorneys heard this week.

Jeff Young, 52, was taken to St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard after his SUV crashed into a tree Saturday afternoon in Camarillo, California DUI lawyers reported.

Deputies allegedly asked St. John's personnel to take a sample of Young's blood to check for alcohol levels after noticing the smell of liquor on his breath, but the hospital staff allegedly refused, said California DUI attorneys.

Taking a blood sample is standard procedure in cases where someone is suspected of DUI, and the staff's refusal may be a point of concern.

Even without a blood sample, deputies arrested Young, a Camarillo resident, at the hospital on suspicion of California DUI - driving under the influence of alcohol, California DUI attorneys believe.

He was later released pending further California DUI investigation, California DUI lawyers understand.

California DUI Investigators will ask the Ventura County District Attorney's Office to prosecute Young for misdemeanor DUI, California DUI attorneys are told.

Young was taken to St. John's, where deputies allegedly made numerous attempts to get his permission for a blood sample, but could or did not get a signed consent from him, California DUI attorneys are informed.

California DUI authorities are legally entitled to obtain a sample by force if needed and asked medical personnel to do it, but the hospital did not take one.

The district attorney's office has yet to receive any documents about Young's California DUI arrest.