Trial Begins For Alleged Drunk Driver

The trial of a 21-year-old man accused of several counts of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) causing bodily injury and DUI gross vehicular manslaughter for his role in an accident that caused two fatalities in 2018 began last week, according to The first witness offered a tale of how the suspect’s actions allegedly almost killed or injured him as well. 

A man from Ontario was the first witness called by the prosecution in the trial of the suspect, who was already a convicted felon even before the accident he’s on trial for, which occurred when he was only 18. The witness testified that he witnessed the suspect passing multiple vehicles, including the vehicle belonging to the witness, at unsafe speeds along State Route 62, the two-lane roadway where the accident occurred. He testified that the suspect was veering side-to-side on the road and allegedly almost hit multiple vehicles. 

The suspect is facing 32 years in state prison if convicted of all charges for the accident, which occurred near Desert Center when the suspect was en route to an Independence Day party in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The prosecution alleges he was driving drunk when he caused a head-on collision, killing both the driver of the other car and his passenger, a 20-year-old woman.

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