A Torrance man was arrested yesterday after he fled the scene of an accident
that took place in Buena Park, California. The 45-year-old man was arrested
because authorities suspected that he not only was the cause of a hit-and-run
accident, but that the accident was caused by driving drunk. The accident
took place close to midnight last Thursday.
According to authorities, the man suspected of
DUI and leaving the scene was responsible for rear-ending another vehicle.
This impact propelled the vehicle into a fire hydrant located on the side
of the road. Inside of the vehicle that was hit were the driver, the driver's
mother and the driver's son. They were all transported to a nearby
hospital for medical treatment.
The man who rear-ended the vehicle then fled the scene but was then stopped
shortly after by both La Palma and Buena Park police. At the time the
police stopped the man, his vehicle had ignited. Authorities believe that
the vehicle caught fire because of the rear-end accident. It is believed
that the impact of the crash caused some sort of mechanical failure, but
this is still being investigated. The suspect only sustained minor injuries
and was arrested at the scene.
The fact that there was mechanical failure could prove very important to
how this case pans out. Only a thorough investigation can prove the true
sequence of events; did the mechanical failure result from the rear-ending
or did the mechanical failure cause the rear-end accident? An investigation
of the vehicle is always important when evaluating allegations of drunk
driving. Prosecutors must prove that it was intoxication and no other
factor that caused the accident. There is no word on how badly the fire
damaged the vehicle, and therefore the evidence.
Even if the driver is dismissed of his DUI charges, he will still face
hit and run charges for leaving the scene. Leaving the scene is a serious
offense just as DUI is a serious offense. DUI with leaving the scene (both
charges) make for even more severe penalties. In Orange County, California,
DUI hit and run accidents can result in administrative penalties such as a
license suspension, ignition interlock device and vehicle impoundment as well as criminal
penalties (upon conviction) such as imprisonment and fines. To learn more
about these types of offenses, it is best to get in touch with a qualified
The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs is skilled in handling these types of
cases. Mr. Gibbs has more than 30 years of experience practicing exclusively
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in your favor. You don't want to face the ramifications of a conviction,
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