Normally, a DUI in California is a misdemeanor charge. There are, however, ways that could upgrade the charges to a felony. A DUI may be charged as a felony if the suspect has had a previous conviction for felony DUI; it may also be charged as a felony if the suspect has three or more previous DUI convictions. The final way that a DUI may be charged as a felony is if someone is injured or killed in an accident while the suspect was driving under the influence. NBC Los Angeles reports on a DUI crash where the driver had previous DUI arrests.
Alameda County Court records indicate that the woman who caused an accident on the day before Thanksgiving had two previous arrests for DUI.
26-year-old Lauren Davis was arrested for driving while intoxicated following the fatal crash that occurred on Wednesday, November 22nd. In the crash, Davis’s passenger, a 16-year-old was partially ejected from the SUV that Davis was driving and died at the scene. Another passenger, Alexis Garcia, was fully ejected and is in critical condition.
Davis was taken into custody after being released from Highland Hospital in Oakland. She is charged with felony driving under the influence and second-degree murder.
Davis was last charged with DUI in May 2017. She had a previous DUI charge before that charge. Both charges were reduced to reckless driving.
The crash that saw Davis charged occurred was a solo-vehicle crash where Davis is believed to have lost control of the vehicle and it overturned. The incident occurred just before midnight on the 22nd.
The California Highway Patrol reports that alcohol was found inside the mangled SUV.
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