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DUI Suspect Faces 13 Criminal Counts

After Macos Valencia, 21, was convicted of his second DUI in 2008 he said he learned the consequences of driving under the influence and pledged never to drink and drive again. But last July, he was arrested on suspicion of a DUI again. This time he allegedly killed a cyclist and injured several other people in a San Fernando collision.

After the crash, Valencia allegedly tried to flee the scene, but a deputy was able to catch up with him and put him under arrest. The Santa Clarita Valley Signal reports that Valencia had a blood alcohol level of about .18 percent after the crash, which is over double the legal limit. The Los Angeles County district attorney told the Signal that he was legally drunk and high on methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.

Valencia now faces 13 criminal counts, including murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, hit-and-run, and several DUI charges. He is currently being held on $1.3 million bail, where his court hearing is scheduled for December 24.

Because Valencia allegedly caused so much damage and because he is being charged with multiple felonies, a Los Angeles drunk driving lawyer could have some difficulties with this case. He has already been convicted of two DUIs, and has been through multiple alcohol education programs.

Is his case hopeless? Valencia certainly seems to think so. When he was arrested last July, he asked the deputy to shoot him and end his life right there. He said his life might as well be over.