California had decided to take a very tough stance on DUIs. Beginning when you are charged with the offense, the Department of Motor Vehicles can suspend your license, before you are even convicted. If you are convicted, you face increasing penalties for subsequent DUIs within a ten-year time frame. Beginning with a second DUI, the penalties can include suspending your license for up to 2 years with up to one year in jail. A third DUI can have a license suspended for up to 3 years and depending on if it is a felony or a misdemeanor, time in either jail or state prison. A fourth DUI conviction means felony status and the possibility of a permanent license suspension.
The Fremont Patch reports on a man facing multiple charges after his involvement in a deadly crash.
A 70-year-old woman was killed in a Sunday evening accident on Central Avenue just east of Blacow Road in Fremont.
The accident happened at about 6:15 p.m. and involved a minivan and a Honda Civic. The male driver of the minivan fled the scene on foot.
A passenger in the Honda, identified as Erlinda Domingo of Newark, passed away at the scene.
Police caught up to 47-year-old Juan Martinez and arrested him a short time later. Charges are expected to be filed on Tuesday.
A records search indicates that Martinez pleaded no contest in April of 2017 to misdemeanor DUI. He was sentenced to 5 years on probation. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped charges of hit-and-run, resisting a peace officer, and driving on a suspended license.
Martinez is being held at the Fremont Jail in lieu of a bond of $95,000.