Felony DUI Hit & Run Driver Arrested
Sgt. Dan Suttles, Media Relations
Glendale, CA - On January 27, 2018 at approximately 10:30 p.m., officers responded to Brand Blvd and Maple Street regarding a hit and run traffic collision involving pedestrians.
Investigation revealed a 2011 black Camaro struck a vehicle at Brand Blvd and Harvard Street. The driver of the Camaro fled the scene with the victim trailing behind him. A second collision occurred when the driver of the Camaro struck a parked vehicle at Brand Blvd and Maple Street. The impact caused the suspect vehicle to jump the curb and collide with two adults and two children on the sidewalk. The vehicle nearly struck an adult and child that quickly jumped out of the way of the moving vehicle. The suspect fled on foot and he was eventually stopped by witnesses. Although Tecun continued to attempt to free himself, the witnesses were able to successfully detain him until police arrived and took him into custody.
One of the pedestrians involved was an 11 month old baby that was secured in a stroller and pinned against a building by the suspect’s vehicle. Luckily, he was uninjured. The two adults and a 7 year old male were examined by hospital staff and later released with minor injuries.
The driver of the Camaro was identified as 32 year old Luis Tecun of Glendale. At the conclusion of the investigation, Tecun was taken into custody for Felony DUI Hit and Run after failing the field sobriety exam. Tecun has a prior DUI arrest and his license is currently suspended.
A search of Tecun’s vehicle revealed several open and unopened cans of beers on the passenger floorboard.
Tecuna remains in custody and his bail is set at $100,000.00.
Luis Tecun DOB: 10/28/85
A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, but even a small amount of alcohol can impair judgment and reaction times enough to make driving unsafe. Drugs such as many prescription medications, marijuana or illicit drugs can also lead to impairment and unsafe driving leading to a DUI.
In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. In 2017, the Glendale Police Department arrested 374 DUI drivers. Just last month, 25 DUI drivers were taken off the streets in the City of Glendale.
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