MURRIETA (CBSLA.com) — Authorities have filed a charge against the former mayor of Murrieta in connection with an alleged drunken-driving crash that left four teens injured.
Alan William Long of Murrieta was charged with one count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, according to the Riverside County district attorney’s office.READ MORE: LAPD Officer Accused Of Inappropriately Touching Deceased Woman's Body To Stand Trial On Felony Charge
Authorities said in a written statement that four sentencing enhancements have been alleged for each of the victims of the crash.
Long stepped down as mayor in the wake of the Oct. 16, 2014, crash that sent four girls, ages 14 to 17, to the hospital. The accident occurred around 8:15 p.m. at the intersection of Jefferson and Lily avenues.
Authorities said Long was taken into custody at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence.
“The investigation revealed that Long’s blood alcohol content the night of the injury crash was 0.08 percent, which is the limit California law presumes a driver to be impaired,” the D.A.’s office said in a written statement.
During his resignation speech, Long maintained his innocence but stated, “I do want to express once again my concern for the well-being of those injured in the accident and how sorry I am that they got hurt.”READ MORE: Dodgers On Brink Of Elimination After Braves Rough Up Urías, Dominate In Game 4
Long, however, has said that he will continue seeking re-election in November.
“I want to make it very clear that while I’m resigning my position as mayor and as a member of the city council, I am not withdrawing from the current election,” said Long on Oct. 20.
Long’s arraignment has been scheduled for Dec. 11, at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.
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