Monday, February 16, 2009

Son of California District Attorney arrested for California DUI

California DUI criminal defense lawyers are told that the son of Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II was arrested Saturday in Sonoma County on suspicion of felony California DUI - driving under the influence and manslaughter.

The California Highway Patrol reported the arrest of 18-year-old Dylan Morse after he allegedly ran a red light and broadsided a Honda, killing the 22-year-old driver.

The elder Morse released a statement which made its way to California dui criminal defense attorneys on Sunday via his assistant: "There aren't enough words to convey the sorrow we feel. Through the actions of our son, a young man's life was taken," Morse said. "And our son's dear friend, Ryne, is fighting for his life. Dylan is our first child and as parents we are heartbroken."

In the statement, Morse also said the prayers of him and his wife are with the victim's family.

CHP investigators say Morse was driving a 1998 Volvo about 2:20 a.m. when he allegedly failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of Stony Point Road and Highway 116 near Cotati.

The driver of the Honda, an unidentified Richmond resident, was pronounced dead at the scene. Morse's passenger, 19-year-old Ryne Spitzer of Merced, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the CHP reported.

The passenger in the Honda, 25-year-old Vanessa King of Berkeley, was also transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and treated for major injuries not considered life-threatening. Morse was not injured, according to the CHP.

The best is hoped for everyone.