No one wants to get caught driving while under the influence. However, leading police on a chase is not a way to avoid getting arrested and charged with DUI. It will lead to a person facing additional charges, like in the case of one man, as reported by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
Nine people were injured, including 27-year-old Robert Anthony Lopez in a July 18, 2016 police chase that culminated in a crash. The crash occurred at the intersection of Francisquito and Walnut Avenues in unincorporated Valinda, California. The chase itself started in West Covina when police tried to pull Lopez over for speeding and failure to stop at a stop sign.
The crash culminated in Lopez striking a Nissan Maxima, which spun out of control and hit a Ford Expedition. A woman inside the Nissan was hurt along with her two young daughters. Five passengers inside the Ford Expedition were also injured as a result of the accident.
Firefighters had to extricate Lopez from the wreckage of his car.
A Pomona jury recently deliberated for less than three hours before finding Anthony guilty of fleeing from police and causing injuries while driving under the influence within 10 years of a previous DUI offense. Lopez pleaded “no contest” to driving on a suspended or revoked license.
Prosecutors state that Lopez has a previous DUI conviction, along with a reckless driving conviction from 2015.
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