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A 21-year-old San Bernardino man accused of driving drunk and causing a crash that seriously injured two people in West Covina pleaded not guilty Monday to felony charges.

Raymond Simon Alvarado was arraigned on two counts of drunken driving and one count of hit-and-run, along with a misdemeanor charge of driving without a valid license.

The criminal complaint also includes an allegation that he caused great bodily injury.

Prosecutors allege Alvarado drove drunk about 9:15 p.m. Dec. 30, sped through two red lights and then crashed his Honda Civic into an Acura Integra near the intersection of Azusa and Rowland avenues, seriously injuring the driver and a passenger.

Alvarado tried to run off, but was pointed out to police by a witness to the crash, according to West Covina police.

Jailed since his arrest on $100,000 bail, Alvarado is due back in court Jan. 28, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing.

If convicted, he faces up to 11 years in prison.

City News Service

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