A Connecticut man is facing felony child abuse and DUI charges stemming from a collision last week with a Metro train in Santa Monica, in which he and his two teenage sons were injured, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
Anthony Manual Beltran, 54, allegedly was drunk and drove through a red light near Lincoln Boulevard and Colorado Avenue shortly before 12:30 a.m. last Wednesday. He and his two sons — who are both 16 — were injured in the resulting collision with the train, according to prosecutors.
Beltran pleaded not guilty Monday to two felony counts of child abuse and one felony count each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a 0.08 percent or more blood alcohol content causing injury, along with two misdemeanor counts of giving an alcoholic beverage to a person under 21 years of age.
The criminal complaint alleges that Beltran caused great bodily injury and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.20 percent or more — the legal limit is .08.
He was arrested last Thursday and has remained behind bars since then, jail records show.
Beltran is due back at the Airport Courthouse on May 16, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.
If convicted as charged, he could face up to 30 years in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.