PALMDALE – A 21-year-old Palmdale man accused of driving under the influence, crashing into an SUV carrying small children and then attempting to flee the scene on foot is facing multiple felony charges, authorities said.
Nestor Kevin Antonio was charged Friday with driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury, driving with a .08% BAC causing injury, leaving the scene of an accident, and unlawful vehicle operation, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
The charges stem from a crash that occurred Wednesday night (July 16) on Avenue S, near 56th Street East in Palmdale.
Palmdale Sheriff’s deputies have released little details regarding the crash; however, a passenger in the SUV spoke with The AV Times shortly after the incident (view the video below).
Brandon Nuyens said he and his young relatives were riding in an SUV headed westbound on Avenue S when a car started swerving and ended up in the SUV’s lane.
“We tried dodging him and he ended up catching us in the back of the car… we almost flipped over because of him,” Nuyens said.
Following the crash, the suspected DUI driver tried to run away, according to Nuyens.
“He tried hopping walls into the neighborhood, and they [deputies] went chasing for him,” Nuyens said.
Antonio was captured soon after near 57th Street East and Avenue S. He was arrested around 10:40 p.m. on suspicion of felony DUI causing injury and booked at the Palmdale Station jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Antonio appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom Friday and pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury, driving with a .08% BAC causing injury, leaving the scene of an accident and unlawful vehicle operation, Santiago stated.
A preliminary hearing on the case is set for July 30.
Three people were taken to the hospital following the crash, though the extent of their injuries was not clear.