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Felony DUI charge follows death of 2 passengers

The California Highway Patrol reported an incident that caused the closure of a Campo road for about six hours on a recent Wednesday evening. This was due to a crash that claimed the lives of two people and landed another person behind bars. The driver that was involved in this single-vehicle crash is now facing a felony DUI charge and more. The two deceased individuals were passengers in the car that crashed.

A preliminary accident report indicates that the sedan smashed into a tree before rolling over. CHP alleges the driver was speeding when he lost control and drove off the side of the road. As the car rolled over, it ejected one passenger and trapped the other one inside. Both passengers -- ages 23 and 26 -- died at the accident scene.

Officers allege the driver veered off the road because he was highly intoxicated. He suffered only minor injuries, and CHP officials booked him into jail. The charges against the driver include suspicion of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter. Additionally, he faces charges for felony DUI and operating a vehicle while his license was revoked or suspended on a previous DUI conviction, as well as disobeying a court order.

There is no indication of the methods used to determine the level of the driver's intoxication. The procedures authorities use to determining a driver's blood alcohol level typically play an important role in the defense strategy devised for a DUI charge. An experienced California DUI defense attorney can scrutinize the details of the arrest and other relevant information that can affect the outcome of the case.

Source: fox5sandiego.com, "2 passengers killed in suspected DUI crash", City News, Jan. 26, 2017

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