Los Angeles authorities can pull you over for exhibiting the subtle tell-tale signs of intoxication, such as swerving, speeding, or even driving too slowly. Ramming your car into a sheriff's deputy's vehicle, however, is a not-so-subtle sign that you may be intoxicated and will definitely lead to an investigation.
An alleged underage drunk driver is under arrest after reportedly ramming into a cruiser and seriously injuring a sheriff's deputy in a Palmdale DUI crash, reports CBS Los Angeles.
The suspect, 19-year-old Jose Aguilar, is accused of speeding 35 miles per hour through a stop sign and broadsiding the vehicle early Saturday morning.
The sheriff's deputy had to be extracted from the car with hydraulic equipment and is currently recovering in the hospital in serious but stable condition. The passengers in Aguilar's car were also reportedly injured.
Aguilar has been arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving, and his bail has been set at $100,000.
The underage driver faces serious charges. Even if his blood-alcohol level was within the legal limit, he could still face drunk driving charges. All states have "zero-tolerance" laws for underage DUI offenses, which makes it a criminal DUI offense for underage drivers to drive with any amount of alcohol in their systems.
The fact that he may have caused injury to several people, including a sheriff's deputy, will not help his case. A felony DUI causing injury can result in imprisonment in state prison. It will likely take a very experienced Los Angeles DUI attorney to defend him against the charges and severe penalties.