Thankfully, most people who drive under the influence are caught before they can be in an accident. When someone who is intoxicated is in an accident and causes injury to another person in California, they can be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs causing injury. There are two versions of this law: one version is when someone had some drugs or alcohol in their system, but not enough to be considered intoxicated. The other version is when a person is over the legal limit of 0.08%. Depending on the severity of the injuries, this charge can be prosecuted as either a felony or a misdemeanor.
The Sacramento Bee reports that a man has been arrested on suspicion of DUI left a motorcycle driver critically injured.
The collision occurred last Monday, as a man was riding a motorcycle with his 10-year-old son as a passenger.
35-year-old James Michael Griswold was driving westbound on Lincoln Way in Auburn. Just before 3:40 p.m., his car crossed over into oncoming traffic and collided with the motorcycle.
The male motorcyclist was transported to the hospital with critical injuries. His 10-year-old son was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Griswold was suspected of DUI and was taken into custody and booked into the Placer County jail. He was being held on a bond of $50,000.
The victim was eventually identified as Doug Stanley. His sister, Julie Stanley, set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical bills. She said that he is suffering from a massive abdominal laceration, fractured vertebrae, and a life-threatening open-book pelvic fracture.