Traffic collision and DUI arrest

dui(CHP press release)  On Thursday, February 13, 2014, at approximately 10:00 P.M., California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bishop Communication Center received a report of an abandoned vehicle with major traffic collision damage. A CHP officer from the Bridgeport Area’s Mammoth Lakes Resident Post responded to the collision location and initiated an investigation into the solo traffic collision.

The registered owner of the vehicle arrived on scene and confirmed his brother, Mr. Gustavo Calderon-Moreno, a long time June Lake resident, had been driving the vehicle and left the scene of the collision. CHP officers responded to Mr. Calderon-Moreno’s residence and contacted him there. After interviewing Mr. Calderon-Moreno and having him perform a series of field sobriety tests, it was determined he had been driving while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.

The vehicle was towed from the collision scene and Mr. Calderon-Moreno was subsequently cited and released for DUI and hit and run. Mr. Calderon-Moreno’s driver license was seized and driving privilege was suspended. Charges are pending through the Mono County District Attorney’s Office. “It is unfortunate Mr. Calderon-Moreno chose to drive after drinking. His vehicle was damaged, he lost his driver license and has legal issues ahead. It is fortunate he was wearing his seatbelt, was not injured, and that he did not injure anyone else.” Said Lieutenant R.D. Cohan, CHP Bridgeport Area Commander.

 

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4 Responses to Traffic collision and DUI arrest

  1. Rick O'Brien February 17, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

    I am in no way defending this guy, but how do you get charged with a hit & run when you damage nothing but your own property (brothers property) ? A good friend of mine was in the exact same circumstances & he left the scene to get medical attention. He wasn’t charged with anything.

     
    • Benett Kessler February 17, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

      Perhaps leaving the scene for medical attention is different.
      BK

       
      • Deseert Tortoise February 17, 2014 at 10:49 pm #

        http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d10/vc20002.htm

        Read paragraph (2) in particular. The driver left a vehicle with obvious property damage (noting that the clause regarding property damage also applies to the vehicle causing the collision, not just property or vehicles the vehicle hit) while not leaving a note in the truck saying who was driving, who owned the vehicle and the circumstances of the collision. This is an unambiguous misdemeanor violation.

         
  2. Crashed February 17, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

    California Vehicle Code Section 20002(a) The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting only in damage to any property, including vehicles……The driver shall also immediately do either of the following:

    (2)…..and shall without unnecessary delay notify the police department of the city wherein the collision occurred or, if the collision occurred in unincorporated territory, the local headquarters of the Department of the California Highway Patrol.

    Medical attention would or could be interpreted as a “necessary delay” as you described in your friend’s incident. Thus not resulting in any additional charges.

    I’d say Ms. Kessler is spot on with her deduction. Doesn’t sound like this fella was seeking medical attention, but more like hiding from his poor decisions. Luckly he didn’t hurt anyone else on the road.

     

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