An off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy was convicted and sentenced last week in a drunken driving motorcycle accident that injured his wife.
Richard J. Patterson, 38, of West Covina, was riding while intoxicated last year on July 5 while northbound on Interstate 405 near Brookhurst Street in Fountain Valley. He had his wife on the back of the bike when he crashed into the back of another vehicle.
Emergency responders took Patterson and his wife to Western Medical Center, where doctors treated him for injuries to his hip and his wife for a knee injury and abrasions to her arms and hand. The crash did not injure the occupants of the other vehicle.
According to authorities, Patterson had a blood alcohol level of .15 percent two hours after the crash, almost twice the legal limit.
Patterson pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of driving with blood alcohol .08 percent or more causing injury. The judge sentenced him to 45 days in jail, three years of informal probation, nine months of a first offender alcohol program, and completion of a Mother’s Against Drunk Driving Victim’s Impact Panel.
The temptation to drink and drive is something many people deal with, even police officers. Whenever any of us is faced with such temptation, we must remember the high price of drunk driving.
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