CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2009 |
Councilman Andy Quach pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence after he crashed his Mercedes-Benz into an electrical pole last month and knocked out power to more than 300 homes. Quach, 37, was also convicted of a misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol level higher than 0.08% and a sentencing enhancement for having a blood alcohol level of more than 0.20%. Quach, who has served on the City Council for seven years, was sentenced to three years of informal probation, 10 days in a Caltrans work program, a nine-month alcohol awareness program and $2,000 in fines and fees.
August 8, 1988
Olympic diving silver medalist Bruce Kimball had a blood-alcohol level of .20, twice the legal limit, when his car crashed into a group of teen-agers and killed two people, according to the Tampa Tribune. The newspaper said a state crime laboratory officials told Hillsborough (Fla.) County authorities by telephone that Kimball's blood-alcohol level was .20 immediately after the accident. Florida law presumes a person to be intoxicated with a reading of .10.
December 30, 1989
Brad Beckman, 22, the Atlanta Falcons player killed Dec. 18 when the car in which he was a passenger was hit by a truck on Interstate 85, had a blood alcohol level of 0.22 when he died, more than twice the 0.10 level for being considered drunk by legal standards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1993
A group of high school students, politicians and civic groups announced support this week for state legislation that would bar those under age 21 from driving after drinking any amount of alcohol. But law enforcement officials and civil libertarians said they opposed the proposal, contending that it is unnecessary and would create pointless work for police. Sponsored by state Sen. Quentin L.
March 4, 1998 |
With a photo of a 9-year-old girl killed by a drinking driver as backdrop, President Clinton endorsed a stricter 0.08% blood-alcohol limit for drivers. The dead girl's mother, Brenda Frazier of Maryland, joined Clinton. Her daughter, Ashley, was killed by a man whose blood-alcohol level was 0.08%, legally sober in Maryland and 34 other states, which use 0.10%.