Drunk Firefighter Crashes Into Pole, Injures Passengers, And Flees The Scene
In New York, the offense for vehicular assault can be charged in two ways. The first is vehicular assault in the second degree, which is a class “E” felony. The second is vehicular assault in the first degree and is a class “D” felony. Vehicular assault in the second degree has penalties that can include up to four years in state prison; first-degree charges can include up to seven years in state prison.
Silive.com reports on an off-duty firefighter facing charges after a drunken 100mph hour crash injured passengers in his vehicle.
28-year-old Omar Juarez Rivera was arraigned Wednesday in the St. George state Supreme Court. The charges he is facing include DWI, leaving an accident scene, first-degree assault, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving.
The charges stem from a St. Patrick’s Day crash that occurred at about 3:35 a.m. at the intersection of Post and Decker Avenue.
Juarez Rivera plowed into a metal pole while driving a 2012 Mustang. Officers who responded to the crash found three victims laying on the ground at the crash site. Two were seriously injured. One of the victims had a broken leg, the other had a broken arm.
Juarez Rivera fled the scene but was arrested by police less than an hour later. At the time of his arrest, authorities said that there was an odor of alcohol on his breath, his face was flushed, eyes watery, and his speech was slurred.
His BAC was .108%. The legal limit in New York is .08%.
Juarez Rivera was assigned to Engine Co. 160 in Concord. He has been suspended without pay.