Courts & Law

1 year in jail for speeding drunk driver

A WESTMINSTER man was sentenced to one year in jail from driving drunk and racing his car through an accident scene.

A Westminster man was convicted this week of crashing his car through the scene of an accident while driving drunk, barely missing two police officers.

Matthew Snoyman, 35, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Central Justice Center in Santa Ana to three felony counts and two misdemeanor offences, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.

He pled guilty to two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and one count of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury.

Additionally, he pled guilty to one each of driving under the influence and one count of driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or more.

He was sentenced to one year in the county jail, five years formal probation and a two-year suspension of his drivers’ license.

The incident started on the late evening of Oct. 13, 2017 in the wake of an unrelated fatal traffic accident at the intersection of Magnolia Street and Mint Avenue in Fountain Valley.

FVPD officers blocked off the area with illuminated alert boards, traffic cones, police tape and multiple road closure signs.

Later the next morning, at 5:15 a.m., Snoyman was driving southbound on Magnolia, racing along at 60 miles an hour through the roadblock, nearly hitting two FVPD vehicles.

Snoyman’s vehicle spun around and accelerated toward two officers who were standing inside the roadblock area. Officers opened fire on the car, which continued to speed northbound on Magnolia. Officers stopped and arrested Snoyman not far from the scene. He was found to have a BAC of .23 percent.


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