A Corona man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in jail Friday for driving drunk when he ran a red light and crashed into an on-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 unit’s vehicle in Huntington Beach last year.
William Long Thai Nguyen, 30, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, a felony, and driving without a valid license, a misdemeanor. A charge of possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, an infraction, was dismissed along with a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury.
Nguyen consumed alcohol and methamphetamine before getting behind the wheel of his car and driving east on Slater Street in Huntington Beach about 4:30 a.m., Dec. 3, when the crash occurred, according to Roxi Fyad, a spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Nguyen drove through a red light and crashed into the sheriff’s car, which was westbound, Fyad said.
The deputy behind the wheel of the car was knocked unconscious and sustained some other minor injuries, Fyad said. The deputy’s dog was in the backseat.
Nguyen was ordered to participate in an 18-month multiple offender alcohol program and was placed on five years of formal probation.
–City News Service