DA Declines to File Criminal Charges Against Alleged DUI Motorist

My News LA reports released a statement on Thursday saying that they have declined to file criminal charges against a motorist who caused a fatal crash earlier this week

According to the report filed with the court by the Menifee Police Department, the fatal crash happened at approximately 5:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31,

A 32-year-old motorcyclist from Winchester was heading westbound on Bundy Canyon Road near Cottonwood Canyon Road at an unknown rate of speed when Jose Antonion Celedon, 41, turned left in front of him.

Unable to stop his bike, the motorcyclist collided with Celedon’s sedan. The motorcyclist was ejected from his motorcycle and onto the pavement. Celedon stopped his car and remained at the scene of the crash.

Police and paramedics responded to the crash and declared the motorcyclist dead at the scene.

Police interviewed Celedon, conducted field sobriety tests, and concluded that he had been under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested on the charges of felony DUI and DUI resulting in great bodily injury or death.

Celedon was booked into jail and was being held on a $1 million bond.

Prosecutors, however, said that the evidence presented to the District Attorney’s Office is so far insufficient to file a criminal complaint against the suspect. 

Menifee Police Captian Dave Guitierrez told reporters, ‘This is typical of fatal traffic collisions that result in an on-scene-arrest. Some investigations take a couple of months to finalize,” he said. “The driver will have his day in court.”

Celedon is due to be released.

The crash remains under investigation.

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