Courts & Law

Eight years in state prison for injury DUI

A 26-YEAR-OLD Huntington Beach man was sentenced to eight years in state prison for a DUI crash which cost a woman an arm and her pet dog.

A Huntington Beach man was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for his role in a drunken crash that resulted in a woman losing her arm, and the death of her dog.

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, David Allen Swartz II, 26, was convicted of a felony drunk driving offense causing injury with a prior DUI conviction, as well as having a blood alcohol content over .08 percent. He was also charged with misdemeanor charges of driving on a suspended license and driving without a valid license.

The incident occurred on Oct. 25, 2015 at about 4:30 a.m. Authorities say Swartz was speeding in his car on the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway in Westminster when the vehicle began to swerve across several lanes. The victim was driving in her car taking her dog to the emergency pet hospital when the speeding vehicle collided with hers.

The woman’s car rolled over “multiple times,” pinning her upside down in her vehicle, suspended by her seat harness. The dog was ejected from the car, and died. She was treated at the scene and taken to an area hospital and Swartz was arrested by California Highway Patrol officers for driving under the influence of alcohol.

At the trauma center, the woman was treated for injuries that included a crushed arm, a collapsed lung, a severed scalp, broken ribs, a fractured sternum and brain injuries that led to a medically-induced coma. Her left arm was amputated.

 

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