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Criminal charges were filed Wednesday against a Los Angeles man who allegedly was drunk when he rear-ended a minivan, knocking it into a crowd of people looking at Christmas lights in Alhambra.

Arraignment for Ismael Soto, 28, is now scheduled for Jan. 13 in an Alhambra courtroom on one felony count each of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury within 10 years of two other offenses and driving with a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content causing injury within 10 years of two other offenses; along with one misdemeanor count each of driving on a suspended license and driving with a vehicle not equipped with a required ignition interlock device.

The criminal complaint alleges that Soto drove at an excessive speed, that he had a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.20 percent and that more than one person suffered great bodily injury.

According to the complaint, Soto was convicted in 2013 of DUI and driving on a revoked license.

Alhambra police said Soto drove his pickup truck north on Fremont Avenue about 8:40 p.m. Sunday, crossed over the double yellow line and struck two occupied minivans parked on the south side of the street. One of the minivans went over the curb and into the driveway of a home, striking the pedestrians.

Police said 15 people were injured, including Soto.

City News Service

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