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California mayor detained for DUI after wreck

Authorities in Murrieta said that a 44-year-old man who currently serves as the local mayor was taken into police custody following a vehicle accident. In the Oct. 16 collision, the mayor was unable to stop in time to avoid rear-ending a car in front of him. Police said that the incident led to the injury of four cheerleaders in the other vehicle; one of these young women was being treated at a hospital at the time of reporting.

After the accident, reports say that the mayor rendered medical aid to the girls. He was subsequently accused of DUI, as police said he failed a field sobriety test on the day of the incident. He did, however, pass a Breathalyzer test, according to sources.

After being released on a bail of $50,000 the following day, the mayor eventually released a public statement. In it, he offered his apologies to the injured Murrieta high school girls. The mayor's lawyer said that his BAC was within the legal limit. Police agreed with this assessment in reporting that the mayor's alcohol content level registered at .07 percent, but authorities are still waiting for the results of a blood test.

Being charged with a DUI may carry more consequences than the official penalties people face. For instance, motorists who hold public positions may find their jobs jeopardized due to the fact that they have been accused. Those alleged to have been driving impaired may wish to seek the advice of a criminal defense lawyer. In some cases, a lawyer might be able to contest the charges if the prosecution's case is solely relying on the results of field sobriety tests, which could yield inaccurate results.

Source: KFMB, "Murrieta mayor arrested on DUI charge issues apology", October 18, 2014

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