There are two ways that a DUI conviction can affect someone in California. One is that a DUI will stay on your driving record for 10 years. Previously, it was 7 years, but that was changed in 2007. The other way that a DUI affects someone is that it is now on your criminal record. Depending on circumstances, that DUI can include other charges and traffic citations. The situation can also determine whether that DUI is a misdemeanor or a felony. Remember, a felony can affect many of your rights, such as the right to vote and the right to purchase a firearm. ABC 7 reports on a man who is facing another DUI arrest.
Garrett James McKinnon was convicted of DUI and had his license revoked in 2013 following a Santa Ana crash in which six people were injured while he evaded police. He was also sentenced to five years in prison.
McKinnon now finds himself facing similar charges, again in Santa Ana following a crash involving five vehicles, including his own.
The accident occurred on June 23rd at the intersection of Flower Street and Warner Avenue in Santa Ana when McKinnon failed to stop at a stop light and crashed into four other cars.
Six people, including McKinnon, were injured in the accident. A passenger in the back seat of McKinnon’s SUV suffered from major injuries, which included a spinal fracture.
A victim in one of the other vehicles suffered from fractured vertebrae and internal bleeding from the liver.
At first, McKinnon complied with officer’s requests to sit on the curb after he crawled from the vehicle. He then attempted to take off on foot but was apprehended after a brief chase.
McKinnon was initially booked on a no bail probation violation, but prosecutors were able to secure a warrant to draw blood and obtain his medical records. He is also facing charges of DUI, resisting arrest, and driving on a revoked license among other charges.