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DUI charge: 2 councilman aides suspected of drunk driving

California people may expect city councilmen and their aides to set suitable examples for residents of the state by not engaging in unlawful behavior. However, two Los Angeles City Hall staff members were arrested over a recent weekend. Reportedly, they were arrested at different locations within about an hour, and each one will now be facing a DUI charge.

In the first incident, a 36-year-old spokesman for a councilman smashed into a Metro bus in downtown Los Angeles. This apparently happened just after midnight. The man was driving his personal vehicle and not on duty when the collision occurred. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI involving alcohol and/or drugs and held on $25,000 bail.

Just more than an hour later, a 27-year-old field deputy of another councilman was arrested near his home in South Los Angeles. He was reportedly released the next morning. Both men are facing misdemeanor DUI charges. It was also reported that both the individuals appear to have had previous charges connected to intoxication, and at least one had served time behind bars and been on probation.

There is no indication of how and when it was determined that these two California drivers were impaired, nor were their levels of intoxication reported. Any accused person has the right to defend a DUI charge and also to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney to navigate the defense on his or her behalf. The evidence presented at the trial by the prosecution can be challenged, and no conviction is possible until guilt is proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "2 L.A. City Hall staffers arrested on suspicion of DUI: 1 drove city-issued car, another hit Metro bus", Matt Hamilton, Richard Winton, March 14, 2016

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