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Driver of motorhome that crashed into house facing DUI charges

Police in California have reported that three people were injured on the night of June 6 when a motorhome crashed into a house in Riverside County. The driver of the motorhome was taken into custody at the scene by Moreno Valley Police Department officers according to media reports. Two of the vehicle’s five occupants were also placed under arrest after officers allegedly discovered that they had outstanding felony warrants.

Eyewitnesses are said to have told first responders that the motorhome was traveling down a hill at speeds of up to 60 mph and narrowly avoided striking pedestrians before it hit a curb and crashed into a house on La Casa Drive in Moreno Valley at approximately 11:00 p.m. They also claim that its driver made no attempt to slow his vehicle or take evasive action prior to the accident.

Three of the motorhome’s occupants were transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. One of them is said to have suffered serious injuries. Bystanders who rushed to the accident scene say that the interior of the motorhome smelled strongly of alcohol. A MVPD representative said that the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The penalties for driving under the influence can be severe in California when road users have been injured, but prosecutors may sometimes be willing to reduce drunk driving charges in return for a swift resolution even when the sequence of events seem clear and the evidence is compelling. Experienced criminal defense attorneys presented with facts like these may have the vehicle involved inspected to determine whether or not a mechanical failure of some sort played a role.

Source: NBC News Los Angeles, Motorhome Crashes Into Home, Driver Suspected of DUI, Jonathan Lloyd and Toni Guinyard, June 8, 2018
Source: ABC News Los Angeles, Motorhome smashes into living room of Moreno Valley house, Marc Cota-Robles, June 8, 2018

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John Patrick Ryan has been practicing law for over 20 years. Experienced in criminal law. U.S. Navy Veteran.