A DUI causing injury charge is what is known as a “wobbler.” This means that it can either be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor. If it is a first DUI offense and the injuries were not serious, the charge may just be a misdemeanor. Felony DUI causing injury is a charge that can occur if the injuries are severe, if there are previous DUI convictions, or there are previous DUI causing injury convictions. California courts take a DUI causing injury charge seriously, whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor. For a misdemeanor, it can mean spending up to a year in jail. For the felony charge, it can be up to three years in jail.
The Northridge-Chatsworth Patch reports on a fleeing DUI suspect who caused a pileup in Winnetka. The incident occurred at about 8:15 p.m. on Sunday at 20500 Roscoe Boulevard in Winnetka.
The chase began when a Los Angeles Police Department officer was attempting to pull over a suspect on suspicion of DUI. Instead of pulling over, the driver decided to flee from the police.
The vehicle took off and sped through a red light, where it collided with three other vehicles.
Two victims had to be extricated from the vehicles by firefighters. A man and a woman who was suffering from serious injuries were taken to the hospital. Two other people who suffered from non-life-threatening injuries were also hospitalized. Four remaining victims were treated on the scene and released.
A DUI investigation is ongoing.