Prior to the 1981 California Supreme Court case People v Watson, a DUI charge could not be charged as murder. This ruling changed that, but still, a DUI resulting in the death of another person is usually only charged as vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated or gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Certain conditions must first be met before a DUI can be charged as murder. A DUI murder charge is only used if you have a previous DUI on record and either went through DUI school, which warns that a future DUI resulting in death may result in murder charges or you were warned by a court that a future murder charge could result.
NBC Los Angeles reports on the suspect in a DUI crash that killed a CHP officer and the charges he is facing.
22-year-old Mohammad Abraar Ali rear-ended a parked patrol car at about midnight on Christmas Eve. The accident resulted in the death of California Highway Patrol officer Andrew Camilleri. Officer Jonathan Velasquez was also injured in the crash.
After being released from the hospital, Ali was booked into jail.
Nancy O’Malley from the Alameda County District Attorney’s office filed charges of second-degree murder, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher causing injury, driving under the influence of a combination of alcohol and drugs, and driving at speeds of more than 100m.p.h.
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