It’s never a good idea to get behind the wheel after you’ve had too much to drink. So if you think this could even be a possibility when you go out for the night, it’s important to have a designated driver who can make sure you get home safe.
This is advice a local man, Daniel Castro, would have done well to follow. Because he failed to do so, multiple times, he was recently sentenced to nine years and eight months in state prison.
If you recognize the name, it’s because Mr. Castro used to play the keyboard for a popular local band called Long Live Logos.
Driving drunk wasn’t the only mistake Castro made though. He was given the maximum amount possible under the law for a couple others reasons too. First, he skipped out on his bond in the wake of the accident. Before pleading guilty in July, Castro first had to be located in Ensenada, Mexico and brought back to San Diego.
On top of that, part of his plea involved admitting that this was the third time he had been caught drinking and driving. Castro’s history includes convictions in 2004 and 2011.
It was a little after 2 a.m. on May 22 of last year when 29-year-old Jessica Creed and her boyfriend were driving southbound on Interstate 5 after work. That’s when Castro crashed his Toyota Sequoia head-on into her Ford Fusion.
The crash left Creed lucky not to be paralyzed. However, she did suffer a fractured vertebra, a broken pelvis and she lost her entire left arm, meaning she now relies on a prosthetic. Castro was driving with a blood alcohol content of more than .30 percent.
If you do make the mistake of driving while impaired, in any way, be sure you speak to a qualified attorney as soon as possible. Under no circumstances should you make the mistake of jumping bond either.