Los Angeles Police officers arrested 41-year-old Robert Palacios on suspicion of murder in Lincoln Heights after he struck and killed a pedestrian during a police pursuit, the Los Angeles Times reports. Police say it was not considered a “pursuit” because officers did not turn on lights or sirens. They followed Palacios because officials say they suspected him of driving under the influence after seeing him “drive erratically” near Figueroa Boulevard and Avenue 52.
The pedestrian was identified as 61-year-old Demetrio Sosa. Palacios also reportedly struck a minivan, but the occupants of the minivan did not suffer major injuries. Sosa was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
If you are arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Los Angeles, you could face serious charges especially if the incident involves death and/or injuries. If convicted of murder, Palacios will be in serious trouble and will likely face 25 years to life in prison. Generally, those convicted of drunk driving also face hefty fines and suspension or revocation of their driving privilege.
If you or someone you know has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, it is very important that you contact an experienced and knowledgeable Southern California DUI defense attorney. We have the skill and the resources it takes to conduct an independent investigation and build a strong defense that it takes to get you acquitted or get your charges reduced. We have former district attorneys and investigators working with us – people who know very well how law enforcement and prosecutors think and work. Call us today to discuss your case.