Thomas Reed allegedly rear-ended a Los Angeles County deputy sheriff while traveling at 100 mph on the 91 freeway near Imperial Highway last February. Orange County prosecutors initially declined to file charges against Thomas Reed, saying that there was insufficient evidence of a crime. However, the Orange County Register reports that the case was resubmitted by the California Highway Patrol on April 19.
The suspect is now being charged with three misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, driving with a blood-alcohol level more than .08 causing bodily injury, and hit-and-run with injuries. The 23-year-old man will likely need the help of a DUI attorney in Los Angeles or Orange County with the case, but this isn't Thomas Reed's first run-in with the law.
The Register reports that the suspect pleaded guilty in 2007 to possessing alcohol when he was under age, where he was sentenced to 24 hours of community service and one year of license restrictions. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance in 2007 and charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance in 2006.
This time around, the suspect can face a sentencing enhancement for having a blood-alcohol level more than .15 percent. After the accident, Thomas Reed's alleged blood-alcohol level was .19 percent, where the legal limit is .08. Because the charges can lead to a severe sentence, it would be important for the suspect and anyone else facing such charges to contact an experienced Los Angeles DUI attorney who knows about DUI laws in the area.
The suspect from Canyon Lake has his arraignment scheduled for May 26.