A man who drove recklessly onto the grounds of the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris while under the influence of alcohol, injuring two people and sending terrified parents and children fleeing for safety, pleaded guilty Monday to felony and misdemeanor charges.

Carlos Jaime Gabaldon, 38, admitted one count each of driving under the influence resulting in injuries, hit-and-run, vandalism and resisting arrest, with sentence-enhancing allegations of driving with a blood-alcohol level in excess of .15, refusing a chemical test and injuring multiple people during a felony offense.

The plea was directly to Riverside County Superior Court Judge David Gunn — over the objections of the District Attorney’s Office, which was opposed to the terms.

Gunn indicated a preferred sentence of five years probation for Gabaldon, with no prison time. He scheduled a sentencing hearing for April 9 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

Gabaldon is being held without bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.

According to sheriff’s officials, Gabaldon steered onto the museum grounds in his brown Chevrolet sedan on the afternoon of Nov. 5.

Deputies received reports of a motorist on the museum’s private tracks, used for “Thomas the Train” rides every week, and a patrol unit soon spotted Gabaldon maneuvering aimlessly on the property, Lt. Raymond Huskey said.

The drunken man “turned off the railroad tracks and onto a pedestrian walkway, causing pedestrians — adults and children — to flee from the path of the vehicle,” Huskey said.

After Gabaldon turned onto a closed access road, deputies swarmed his car and got it stopped, according to Huskey.

Gabaldon was removed from the vehicle, exhibiting signs that he was “impaired by alcohol,” at which point he was forcibly taken into custody, Huskey said.

Paramedics treated two people at the scene for minor injuries.

According to museum officials, inspections were conducted along the tracks, and there was no detectable damage caused by the trespassing vehicle.

Gabaldon has no prior documented felony convictions in Riverside County.

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