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DUI Accident Involves Driver Previously Convicted of DUI

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Witnesses are being asked to come forward..

The two-vehicle auto accident in Tustin that left a 7-year-old boy in critical condition and his father and brother injured on Wednesday involved a driver that previously plead guilty to a driving under the influence charge.

That same driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after Wednesday’s accident.

The suspected DUI driver, Brian Cherrett, 32, had tried to turn left from the eastbound lanes of 17th Street onto Holt, striking the left side of the boy’s father’s vehicle, CHP reports said. Cherrett, of Orange, is still being held in Orange County Jail according to the latest reports.

In December 2000, Cherrett plead guilty to another charge of driving under the influence. Since Cherrett has a previous conviction for DUI within seven years, should he be convicted for Wednesday’s injury accident, his penalty will be substantially enhanced, as it should be.

The collision is under investigation by the CHP. Any witnesses please call the CHP, Santa Ana area office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 714-567-6000. In reading the news articles it appears that the CHP isn’t clear about what happened and who is at fault. So please, if you have any information about this automobile accident, please contact the CHP. Let’s get the right person held responsible.

About 40 percent of auto accident-related deaths in Orange County may be directly related to drunk driving, according to statistics provided by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

We can each help in combating the carnage caused by intoxicated drivers:

1. Do not drink and drive;
2. Do not allow friends to drink and driver;
3. When serving alcoholic beverages at parties and functions, be responsible to keep your quests from over indulging in alcohol without providing them safe transportation;
4. Report suspected intoxicated drivers via 911 on your cell phone while driving; and
5. Support the passage of laws that would hold those negligently serving alcohol partially responsible for the harm caused by obviously intoxicated drivers.

The penalties are severe, do not risking driving if you have been drinking.

If you you are in need of a consultation regarding injuries sustained in any type of accident, contact me. Our consultations are free of any obligation and are totally confidential.