SAN DIEGO, California – A motorist accused of driving under the influence and causing a serious accident must now stand trial on DWI charges.
The DWI incident involved a car crash on Aug. 20 which left a young woman with a serious brain injury.
On Thursday, Superior Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel found that there was sufficient evidence for 39-year-old Brian LaRose to stand trial on DWI charges and for causing injury while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher.
LaRose is currently free on $100,000 bail, but now faces six years in state prison if convicted.
The victim of the crash is Heidi Wise, whose vehicle was hit by the LaRose near the intersection of Bernardo Center Drive and Maturin Drive around 10 p.m.
Wise testified Thursday saying she doesn’t remember much about the incident. She knows she stopped at a grocery store but the rest is foggy.
“I don’t know what I remember next,” said Wise. “It’s all a blur. I don’t have any memory of driving down Bernardo Center Drive.”
Wise, 19, testified that her short-term memory is “on and off” due to her head injury, but her long-term memory is coming back. She suffered injuries to her back, neck, arm and shoulder as well and still suffers from “extreme headaches.”
LaRose was determined to have been traveling around 45 mph in a 40 mph zone when he hit Wise’s Mercedes-Benz from the rear as it was stopped waiting to turn left.
San Diego police Officer Brian Keaton testified that LaRose’s speech was slurred after he was stopped for the incident and smelled of alcohol.
LaRose admitted to having four “normal size” glasses of wine at a restaurant nearby before the crash and had also consumed a mixed drink with some food at around 3 p.m.
LaRose’s blood-alcohol level was .36 percent roughly one hour after the crash, which is over four times the legal limit in the state.
A trial has been set for Dec. 2.
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