California does not treat DUI drivers nicely. And when you kill someone while DUI, few attorneys can prevent a lengthy visit to the state pen.
Being .25% BAC and fleeing the scene of the fatal crash in Carlsbad California means a DUI trial on gross vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run and DUI allegations, a San Diego Superior Court judge said today.
Younger than her BAC, Julianne Elyse Thomson is scheduled for a January 23, 2012 DUI jury trial. She could do 15 years if convicted in the death of 64-year-old Arthur John Jacobs of Vista.
Near El Camino Real and Cassia Street around 9:45 p.m., he was hit on July 27 while riding his bicycle to work at a local hotel. There can be questions of bicycling safety at that time of night; it remains to be seen how that may help her California DUI criminal defense attorney, if at all.
The DUI driver crashed into a curb and some bushes, then drove at high speed into an apartment complex parking lot, lawyers are told.
Thomson was found about 15 minutes later hiding in some bushes on the opposite side of the apartment complex, where she had parked her car, attorneys are informed.