Most intoxicated drivers are caught before they can be involved in an accident. When a DUI accident does occur, however, California courts take it more seriously. This is especially true if people are injured in the crash. Depending on the severity of the injuries, driving under the influence causing injury can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. The driver’s record will also be taken into consideration. Previous DUIs or DUIs causing injury could cause the charge to become a felony. If the injuries are serious, the prosecutor will most likely charge the driver with a felony. In California, serious injuries could be something like broken bones.
The Union reports that a head-on crash has led to felony charges for a Grass Valley man.
The accident happened at around 1:35 P.M. on Sunday, March 15th on the Nevada City Highway.
According to the California Highway Patrol, 26-year-old Marc Anthony Larkins was driving a white 1998 Ford F-150. He failed to make a curve in the road and crossed over into oncoming traffic. He then collided head-on with a Honda CR-V.
The driver of the CR-V was only identified as a 66-year-old male. He was taken to a Roseville hospital. A 22-year-old passenger in that vehicle was also taken to a local hospital.
A passenger in Larkins’ vehicle was also taken to a hospital.
Police believe that Larkins was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. He was treated for injuries and was booked into Nevada County Jail on a $75,000 bond.