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Vallejo Man Charged In Injury Hit And Run DUI In Walnut Creek


From the Office of the District Attorney:

Martinez, California – A Vallejo man faces multiple charges stemming from a collision that injured two
people at the Walnut Creek Farmers Market.

The incident occurred around 5:17 am on Sunday, June 2nd, on Locust Street in Walnut Creek, between
Cole and Lacassie Avenues. This section of the street is typically closed on Sundays for a Farmers
Market. While vendors were setting up, 33-year-old Jose Manuel Chavez struck two female victims with
his vehicle, causing serious injuries to both women. After the collision, Chavez fled the scene.

Walnut Creek Police responded quickly to emergency calls and located Chavez’s damaged vehicle
entering I-680 at Lawrence Way. Officers pulled him over on Buskirk Avenue, near the Pleasant
Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART station, by 5:20 am and arrested him shortly after.

On June 5th, the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Chavez in Superior Court.

He faces three felony charges, some with enhancements, and one misdemeanor. The complaint includes
two felony counts of driving under the influence (DUI) causing injury to both victims [VC 23153(a)].
These charges include enhancements related to injuries sustained by both victims. Chavez is also charged
with felony hit and run resulting in serious injury [VC 20001(b)(2)] and a misdemeanor for driving
without a valid license after a DUI offense [VC 14601.5(a)].

Chavez will be arraigned today at 1:35 pm in Contra Costa Superior Court in Martinez. He remains in
custody at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond.

Ed Note: Chavez is currently being held without bail.


        • Well, that could also be jaundiced projection based upon the prejudiced belief that DAs and judges can do whatever they want regardless of the law. If you are willing to break the law for a personally desired outcome, i.e. if you are “above the law” you are under no such constraints. On this D-Day, we can recall many horrifying historical events to instruct us as to what authority without constraint looks like.

        • And, authority without constraint looks like people like you who explicitly say that they are above the law. Authority without constraint.

  1. The other “Real Parties in Interest” are those who were injured in the incident. Yours truly has not heard much about their wellbeing other than being transported to the hospital. Hoping for a swift and complete recovery.

  2. Thanks for the update.

    I’ve long thought we need tougher DUI sentences. Sadly though, drunks that drive will always find a way to keep doing both. Even the breathalyzer ignition devices can be thwarted.

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