Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Don't make California DUI police chase you

California DUI lawyers have enough to deal with in drunk driving cases, yet alone a chase.

Two drivers were hospitalized this morning following a police pursuit that ended with a crash in Long Beach. The chase began around 11:30 p.m. Monday at Edwards Street and Westminster Boulevard in Westminster when officers tried to pull over a man suspected of DUI, California DUI attorneys said.

The driver led police on a street chase through Westminster, Seal Beach and Long Beach.

About 15 minutes later, the pursuit ended on East 7th Street in Long Beach, where the man ran a red light at Redondo Avenue, striking another car, California DUI attorneys said. The woman inside that car was taken to a hospital with a minor cut to the head and complaints of chest pains, California DUI attorneys said.

The suspect was also taken to the hospital for head injuries, but was later cleared to be transferred to the Orange County Jail.

Police later learned the man was named in a $250,000 warrant for drug violations.
California DUI attorneys said the suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the chase.

In other chase news, a man got ten years in state prison after he pleaded to DUI - driving under the influence of alcohol and causing injury, evading police with reckless driving and possession of rock cocaine.

On Oct. 13, 2005, California Highway Patrol officers attempted to stop Horton for a traffic violation in Modesto, but he sped away. Horton made numerous traffic violations and almost hit another vehicle. The pursuit ended when Horton crashed into a brick wall, injuring his passenger.

Horton had a blood alcohol level of 0.11 percent and had the cocaine in his pocket during the chase.

The legal threshold to be deemed driving drunk is 0.08 percent.