Occurred on 7/23/12, 1:33 am Driving While Intoxicated 3500 Hwy 358 WB
Officers responded to an accident in a yellow Kawasaki rear-ended a black Dodge Neon as they both traveled westbound on SH Hwy 358. Both vehicles were in the right lane when the accident occurred. The 36-year-old motorcyclist was ejected and thrown onto the roof of the Neon as a result of the impact. He was rushed to Spohn Memorial with serious injuries. He was cited for Following Too Closely, Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, and No Motorcycle License. Further investigation
Veronica Hernandez, 54, the driver of the Neon appeared to be intoxicated and administered Standard Field Sobriety Tests and a Blood Specimen taken. She was medically cleared and arrested. Hernandez was booked at the City Detention Center and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Driving While License Suspended. The D.W.I. is a Class "B" Misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine, while the D.W.L.I. is a Class "C" Misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine.
Further investigation revealed the motorcyclist was also intoxicated and a blood draw taken. Due to the motorcyclist's injuries he was admitted to the hospital and not arrested, but Driving While Intoxicated charges are pending.