If a person has been drinking and driving and is involved in an accident, the worst decision that person could make might be leaving the scene. In California, there are two types of hit-and-run charges. There is a hit-and-run where someone is injured and a hit-and-run where there is only property damage. Even if the person injured in the accident was your passenger, you could be facing felony hit-and-run charges. A DUI might be compounded if you do not stay until police arrive. The Los Banos Enterprise reports on a man charged with DUI and hit-and-run.
34-year-old Jose Arriega-Partida of Turlock was found at his home after a hit-and-run he was involved in. He was brought back to the scene of the accident and later arrested.
He admitted to having had a few drinks before the accident.
At about 5 a.m. Tuesday, Arriega-Partida was driving a 2007 Lexus Sedan at a high rate of speed on north Highway 165.
Arriega-Partida was attempting to make an unsafe pass in the left lane and as a result, t-boned another motorist driving a 2003 Nissan Frontier. The driver of the Nissan complained of pain and had minor lacerations. He declined medical treatment.
After an investigation, officers determined that Arriega-Partida was driving under the influence. He was taken to a hospital in Turlock.
After being released medically, authorities expect Partida to be booked into jail on DUI and hit-and-run charges.