Ex-Sheriff Deputy Gets Probation For Hit-And-Run DUI
A former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to three years probation for driving with more than twice the legal blood alcohol limit, hitting another vehicle, injuring the occupant of that vehicle and then fleeing the scene.
The former deputy will have to wear an alcohol-monitoring device for two years and will have to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on any vehicle that is registered to him.
Michael Grundy, the ex-deputy mentioned above, was driving under the influence of alcohol and another unspecified drug when he hit another car in a South Los Angeles intersection. He was ultimately found by two other deputies, returned to the scene of the crime and arrested by the CHP.
Grundy had already completed a 180-day rehabilitation program at the time of sentencing and was ordered to pay over $25,000 in restitution to the victim in the case. Grundy had previously been arrested for drunk driving in Riverside County in 2005.
Grundy was originally charged with felony DUI causing injury, which is a very serious crime in Los Angeles. Considering there was likely an additional charge of hit-and-run, prosecutors likely sought jail time and a substantial amount of restitution. Many people believe that if you are driving under the influence and get into an accident, the best course of action is to attempt to flee and avoid arrest. The problem with that choice is if you get charged with a separate count of hit-and-run, you are looking at additional punishment, fines and restrictions on your driver’s license.
If you have been charged with a DUI or hit and run in Los Angeles, it is important to contact attorney Ross Erlich as soon as possible. The DMV must be contacted within 10 days of the date of arrest to prevent an automatic suspension of your driver’s license so contact us before it is too late!