A fatal car accident that occurred in Morgan Hill Aug. 30 may have been the result of drunk driving, according to the California Highway Patrol. The accident happened around 12:55 a.m. on northbound Santa Teresa Boulevard. According to reports, a 24-year-old San Martin man was driving along the boulevard when the car that he was driving crashed into a Jeep being driven by a 34-year-old Morgan Hill man.
The driver of the Jeep was killed in the crash. A 42-year-old female passenger in the Jeep, also of Morgan Hill, suffered major injuries and was taken to Regional Medical Center. A 23-year-old San Martin woman who was a passenger in the car was treated for minor injuries. The driver of the car was not injured in the crash.
After the accident, CHP officers took the car driver into custody on charges related to DUI. He was booked into Santa Clara County Jail with bail set at $250,000, according to jail records. Although he is suspected of DUI, reports do not mention the results of any blood alcohol testing that was performed. There also is no mention by investigating officers that the man appeared to be intoxicated at the time of the crash.
DUI laws in California are stiff and penalties are severe. If convicted on charges related to DUI, a person could lose their driver's license, be required to pay a fine and possibly spend time in jail. DUI charges can sometimes be challenged, resulting in a dismissal or reduction of charges or probation. Anyone facing DUI related charges might want to speak to an attorney with experience in that area to help them examine the police records and begin building a credible defense.
Source: San Jose Mercury News , "Morgan Hill: San Martin driver arrested in fatal DUI crash on Santa Teresa Blvd.", Robert Salonga, September 02, 2014