Faced with misdemeanor DUI charges stemming from an accident in June, a West Covina councilman pleads not guilty.
50-year-old Michael Herman Spence did not appear in court, opting to have his attorney enter his plea last Thursday, October 20th. Councilman Spence is charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of a drug.
First elected to the West Covina City Council in 2013, Spence allegedly struck a pole with his car on June 12. The accident happened near Azusa Avenue and Cypress Street in Covina. Spence, who is a Republican, ran for the 55th State Assembly District this year. He placed third in the primary.
Spence is scheduled to return to court on December 7th for a pretrial hearing.
If convicted, Spence faces the possibility of a maximum sentence of six months in jail.
Previously, Spence admitted to alcoholism and the use of methamphetamine and cocaine. He also said that he has attended 12-step programs such as Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous.
In the June accident, Spence crashed a rented Hyundai Accent into a utility pole. Police determined that Spence has been driving while under the influence of methamphetamine. A toxicology report indicated that there was no alcohol in his system at the time of the accident.
Spence has a previous DUI conviction from 1998. Under California law, a DUI that occurred more than ten years prior is not taken into account for current charges.
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