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Man charged with DUI, reckless driving, leaving the scene of  accident

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TWENTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD Virolanson Castro Secharmidal was charged by the Attorney General’s Office with driving under the influence, reckless driving, failure to remain at the scene of an accident, and failure to drive the right half of highway.

Secharmidal slammed the vehicle he was driving into a concrete pole on May 3, 2020.  The fire department responded to the scene after the car caught fire.

Secharmidal’s employment status as a police officer was neither denied nor confirmed by Department of Public Safety spokesman Dre Pangelinan as of press time, Wednesday.

Today, Thursday, Secharmidal is scheduled to appear before Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja for an arraignment at 8:30 a.m.

Court information obtained by Variety stated that on May 3, 2020, Secharmidal operated a vehicle upon a highway while having a Blood Alcohol Concentration or BAC of 0.08 as measured by breath or blood test.

According to the law, “A person shall not drive, operate or be in actual physical control of any vehicle while: (1) Having a Blood Alcohol Concentration…of 0.08 percent or more as measured by a breath or blood test….”

DUI is punishable by 72 hours’ imprisonment and a fine of $500 and suspension of the privilege to operate a motor vehicle for not less than 30 days nor more than six months.

Secharmidal was also cited for reckless driving. According to the AG’s office, he “drove or operated a motor vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property by failing to control his speed or by speeding in gross excess of the posted speed limit or by failing to keep a proper lookout or a combination of these traffic violations, which resulted in his car colliding with a concrete utility pole.”

Reckless driving is punishable by a maximum of $1,000 fine or by imprisonment of not more than six months. The defendant must also attend a course in driver education.

Failure to remain at the scene of an accident is punishable by imprisonment for not more than six months or by a fine of not more that $500 or both.

Failure to drive the right half of highway is punishable by a fine of not more than $100 for first conviction and for a second or any subsequent conviction within a period of one year by a fine not more than $250.

Assistant Attorney General Steven Kessel filed the charges against Secharmidal.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, in a previous statement, stated that it received a call about a reported vehicle fire in Fina Sisu on Sunday, May 3, 2020, at 11:39 p.m.

DFEMS said the fire originated from the engine and  was caused by a mechanical fault after the vehicle made contact with the concrete pole.

DFEMS classified the incident as  accidental and considered it closed.

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