Suspected Drunk Driver Pleads Not Guilty To Vehicular Manslaughter

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Justin Foulds, a suspected drunk driver, pled not guilty to felony counts of vehicular manslaughter drunk driving. Foulds is accused of rear-ending a car driven by a Celia Torres, resulting in the death of Torres and her 16-year-old grandson, David Gonzalez. The accident occurred Friday afternoon on Route 125 during rush hour traffic. Torres and Gonzalez died after being trapped in their burning car.

According to Davis, Foulds, 39, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.26 percent on a field test administered at the scene of the crash Friday night in La Mesa. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

The Lemon Grove man pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon in El Cajon Superior Court to four felony counts, including two counts of vehicular manslaughter stemming from the fiery four-car wreck on state Route 125.

Davis told Judge Charles Ervin that the defendant’s actions—including going 65 mph during rush-hour in an area where traffic is known to be stop-and-go— represented a danger to the public. Ervin raised Foulds’ bail from $500,000 to $750,000. Mount Helix Patch, 13 Dec 2011

Foulds faces up to 13 years in prison if convicted.