No one is above the law, as Murrieta mayor found out recently. As it turns out, no one is above the effects of alcohol either, though it should be noted that the mayor’s blood alcohol content was .07, which is below the legal limit in California of .08.
Nonetheless, this past Monday, Mayor Alan Long held a news conference to announce he would be resigning from his position. He also expressed concern for the high school students he had injured last Thursday after crashing into them.
In all, four students, ranging in age from 13 to 17, were hurt in the accident. It occurred at the intersection of Jefferson and Lily avenues. Fortunately, the four students had all been in a vehicle when the accident happened—San Diego doesn’t have a great track record as far as pedestrians are concerned.
Nonetheless, they were all still injured when Alan rear-ended their vehicle with his full-sized truck. According to local police, the students suffered injuries that ranged from moderate to major in seriousness. Three of the victims were released from the hospital the next day. However, the condition of the fourth victim is unknown at the moment.
After conducting necessary field sobriety tests, the police decided Long was impaired. Aside from that, he is also believed to have been speeding and acting recklessly behind the wheel. Some witnesses came forward to say he had run a stop sign prior to the accident. However, other witnesses did say that Long stayed at the scene to help the victims and speak with their parents.
Obviously, you never want to get behind the wheel of a vehicle when you’re at risk of being intoxicated. This story is a good reminder that just because you’re under the legal limit doesn’t necessarily mean you can drive. However, should you find yourself in a situation like this, be sure to call an attorney immediately.