California has an escalating DUI offense system. While the penalties for a first time DUI are steep, getting more within a ten-year period can make it even worse. Beginning with a second DUI, the penalties can begin with a minimum of 96 hours in jail and a maximum of one year. License suspension for a period of a minimum of one year and a maximum of two. A second DUI also includes mandatory DUI treatment programs of at least 18-months and up to 30-months. Finally, it is mandatory to install an ignition interlock device beginning with the second DUI. The Palm Desert Patch reports on a man facing his 7th DUI.
48-year-old Christopher Fryrear of La Quinta has six previous DUI offenses. This is in addition to the latest and 7th DUI charge that prompted police to ask for an increase in bail to $750,000.
Fryrear was involved in an accident last Thursday near Monterey Avenue and Country Club drive where he crashed his Dodge pickup truck into a Nissan SUV just after 5 p.m.
According to deputy Nicole Wilhite, Fryrear was bragging about how much money he had and how he would be out on bail within the hour.
After the accident, Fryrear fled the scene but was later caught by deputies. He was taken into custody about three miles from the scene of the accident.
A criminal record check shows that Fryrear had one prior DUI in the county in 2016. Fryrear pleaded guilty to that offense. He was sentenced to four years of probation.
Fryrear also has another DUI complaint out of San Bernadino County.
Fryrear pleaded not guilty to all counts. He is due back in court on April 19th.