In California, a DUI conviction is likely to end in some form of probation. Probation can occur either after a jail sentence is served or can be part of the punitive punishment instead of jail time. There are two types of probation in California: formal, or “supervised” probation, where a person has a probation officer they must report to; and, informal probation, where there is no probation officer, but the convicted person must follow certain rules. Most of the time, DUI probation means that the person serving probation cannot commit any crime, they cannot be caught driving with any amount of alcohol in their system, and they must submit to a chemical test if DUI is suspected. Generally, the person’s license is suspended as well.
KESQ reports that the suspect in a crash that killed two teenagers was not supposed to be driving due to a previous DUI.
33-year-old Nicole Rachel Packer, whose license was suspended following a DUI offense in 2012, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol. The arrest came after an accident that killed two teenagers and seriously injured two adults on Wednesday.
Packer also had a $5,000 warrant out for her arrest and had yet to fulfill the terms of her probation at the time of the accident.
The collision occurred on State Route 62 in Morongo Valley. A 14-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were both in the back seat of a Toyota Prius, with their parents in the front seats of the vehicle. Packer’s was speeding in her Ford Focus when she collided with the Prius in front of a Circle K in Morongo Valley.
Both teenagers died of the injuries they sustained in the accident. Both parents were also seriously injured. Packer also suffered from serious injuries in the collision, but she was arrested on felony DUI causing injury and will be booked into jail once she is medically cleared.