Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Gary Collins & DA's son highlight California DUI news

California DUI defense lawyers note news about drunk drdiving cases in California.

Gary Collins supersized his ride, and now a judge might supersize his punishment.

The former Hour Magazine host is facing DUI charges stemming from his Jan. 31 arrest in Montecito, Calif., for allegedly being behind the wheel of a motor home while intoxicated—his third DUI bust this decade and second in the past two years.

Police said his blood-alcohol level at the time of his arrest was 0.29, more than three times the legal limit.

The veteran TV personality was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent or above. Arraignment has been set for March 2 and jail time is almost certain if he's convicted in light of his record.

Collins was sentenced to four years' probation and spent four days in a Glendale, Calif., jail in January 2008 after copping to drunken driving charges. He was found not guilty of DUI in 2002 in Mississippi.

In other dui news, the father of a 22-year-old musician killed by a drunken driving suspect expressed forgiveness Tuesday for 18-year-old Dylan Morse, but said he must be held accountable. Michael Ruiz said his son Alex Ruiz, a Calistoga High School graduate and Berkeley art school student, would have wanted Morse, the son of Merced County prosecutor Larry Morse II, “to come through it ... to spiral up out of this.”

But he said the teenager should accept responsibility for his actions in a court of law. Morse remained in jail Tuesday on $100,000 bail and was expected to be arraigned today on suspicion of drunken driving and manslaughter.

“Alex and our family wish him the very best in his life,” Ruiz said. “Not in any superficial way. We do have a lot of compassion for him, for Dylan.”

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