Thursday, May 7, 2009

Burger Man faces San Diego California DUI felony charges - hungry after kill?

California DUI attorneys are told a San Diego Drunk Driving trial date was set for a man accused of allegedly killing a pedestrian in a crosswalk, walking into the roadway to check on the victim, then going into a nearby Burger King to "get a burger."

Alan Lester Mabrey, who has seven prior DUI convictions from Texas and Colorado, faces second-degree murder and other related San Diego DUI charges stemming from with the death of 24-year-old Emily Dowdy.

Mabrey could be sentenced to 15 years to life behind bars if convicted of the murder charge, plus an additional seven to nine years if found guilty of other charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, hit-and-run causing death, DUI causing death and driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher.

Mabrey's blood-alcohol level was allegedly measured at .22 percent after the 7:20 p.m. accident. The man allegedly had been allegedly drinking at a nearby bar when he got into the driver's seat of his friend's truck and drove a short distance on Reed Avenue before hitting the victim as he tried to make a left turn onto Mission Boulevard. Dowdy suffered massive head injuries and was declared brain-dead 24 hours later.

San Diego DUI police Officer Blake Cheary testified at a preliminary hearing last month that Mabrey admitted driving the Dodge truck and knowing he hit someone.
Outside court Wednesday, the San Diego drunk driving prosecutor said the facts of the case paint a very tragic picture of what happened that night. San Diego police Officer Blake Cheary testified that he arrived on the scene about an hour after the 7:20 p.m. accident and overheard Mabrey talking to another officer. Cheary said Mabrey allegedly admitted driving the Dodge truck and knowing that he hit someone. Mabrey also said he walked into the roadway to check on the victim, then went into a nearby Burger King to "get a burger," the California DUI officer previously said in court.

Another San Diego DUI officer testified that Mabrey allegedly told him that "when he gets nervous, he gets hungry."