California has two separate laws that define driving under the influence causing injury. The first is used when a person has some drugs or alcohol in their system but not enough to be over the legal limit. The second is used when there is a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or higher, regardless of signs of intoxication. Simply put, this means a person can be convicted of DUI causing injury even if they are under the legal limit of 0.08%. DUI causing injury is a charge that is known as a “wobbler.” It can be charged either as a felony or a misdemeanor.
The Union reports that a Penn Valley man is being held on suspicion of driving under the influence with a bond of $110,000.
42-year-old Kadin Christopher Leppek remains behind bars in the Nevada County Jail after being arrested for a DUI crash that injured two other people. Leppek is facing charges of driving under the influence causing bodily injury, DUI causing bodily injury with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08% or higher and driving with a license that had been suspended for a previous DUI.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Leppek was driving a Jeep Cherokee westbound on Highway 20. Just before 4:00 P.M. on Monday. The other people involved in the accident suffered from only minor injuries. The details of the crash were not immediately available.
On January 21st, Leppek was arrested on similar charges for a collision that occurred in the parking lot of a gas station. According to court records, in that incident, he is facing DUI charges, driving on a suspended license charge, and hit-and-run charges.
He was arraigned in both cases.