PALMDALE – A 21-year-old Palmdale man accused of driving drunk, crashing into an SUV carrying small children and then attempting to flee the scene on foot has pleaded no contest.
Nestor Kevin Antonio pleaded no contest on Wednesday to driving with a .08% blood alcohol content (BAC) or more causing injury, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
“He was sentenced to three years in state prison and warned by the court that if he drives under the influence and causes a death he can be charged with murder,” Santiago stated.
The remaining three criminal charges against Antonio– driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury, leaving the scene of an accident, and unlawful vehicle operation – were dismissed as part of the negotiated plea, Santiago stated.
The conviction stems from an incident that occurred July 16 on Avenue S, near 56th Street East in Palmdale. Antonio was speeding and weaving in and out of lanes when he side-swiped an SUV that was carrying small children, according to one of the victims.
“We almost flipped over because of him,” said Brandon Nuyens, adding that three people were taken to the hospital.
Following the crash, Antonio jumped out of his vehicle and ran away; but he was captured soon after about a block away from the scene, witnesses said.
A blood alcohol content test put Antonio at .19 percent, more than twice the legal limit, according to court records.
Antonio was already on probation for a misdemeanor DUI, court records show.
“He pleaded no contest to driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% or higher for an incident on Feb. 12, 2013. He was sentenced to 36 months summary probation,” Santiago stated, when asked about the prior DUI.
A restitution hearing is scheduled for August 27.
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