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Huizar Passes DUI Test After Traffic Accident in Boyle Heights

The City Council member's spokesperson says Thursday evening's accident involved three vehicles and was minor.

Los Angeles City Council member Josè Huizar was given a sobriety test after being involved in a traffic accident Thursday evening in Boyle Heights, and a spokesman from his office said that the councilman was not found to be under the influence.

Three vehicles were involved in the accident, which occurred at the intersection of Boyle Avenue and First Street, near Huizar's home in Boyle Heights, the council member's director of communications, Rick Coca, told Eagle Rock Patch.

"The Councilmember was given a breathlizer test, which registered a zero," Coca said.

The accident occurred at 6:45 p.m., according to Norma Eisenman, an officer in the Los Angeles Police Department's media relations section, who was quoted by City News Service. One of the vehicles in the crash was registered in Huizar's name, Eisenman said, adding that details of the accident were not immediately available.

According to the KTLA5 television channel, however, the accident occurred at around 8 p.m.

Coca said the three-vehicle crash was a minor one and that Huizar is "glad that nobody was seriously injured.''

The first report of the accident came at 10:28 p.m. in a Twitter message by Alice Walton, a reporter for the 89.3 KPCC radio station. The LAPD, said Walton in her message, told her that "one person was picked up for possible DUI" and that one person was injured.

Less than a minute later, Walton sent another Twitter message: "A spokesman for the councilman denies it was a DUI; calls the collision a minor traffic accident."

Click here to read Walton's story.

Damian October 26, 2012 at 07:35 AM
Wouldn't it be ironic if they found weed on him?
Alice M. October 26, 2012 at 08:25 AM
Most accidents happen close to home!
Dee October 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Why would one be given a Breathalyzer test unless your initial field sobriety test was questionable? And even then, a zero on that test only determines alcohol - not necessarily that one was sober. Hmmmmm.....
David Lyttle October 26, 2012 at 01:25 PM
“There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed” - Napoleon Bonaparte
David Lyttle October 26, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Why would one be given a Breathalyzer test ?........."Implied Consent". V C Section 23612 Implied Consent For Chemical Testing http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11_5/vc23612.htm
EagleRockMom October 26, 2012 at 01:52 PM
I am glad no one was seriously injured.
EagleRockMom October 26, 2012 at 01:58 PM
@Dee Another possibility is that Huizar wanted to officially demonstrate he was not under the influence while driving. Had he not taking that field sobriety test there would've been rampant speculation that he was drunk and that the responding officers let him off the hook. I think he was simply dotting his I's and crossing his T's in order to nip wagging tongues in the bud.
Jeff October 26, 2012 at 02:15 PM
The sobriety and breathalyzer tests were given to keep bloggers from writing endless assumptions of guilt.
No710Anywhere October 26, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I am glad everyone is okay. And that that the police and/or councilman were smart enough to nip any suggestion of a free pass in the bud by having him submit voluntarily to a breathalizer. Say whatever you want, but he's clean and the LAPD did a good job. No story here. If there had been no breathalizer, there would have been a bigger field day.
Lightnapper October 26, 2012 at 04:56 PM
@Davis Lyttle. Implied Consent applies only after you have been "arrested" for suspicion of DUI. During an officer's investigation, and while you are legally "detained" during that investigation, taking a PAS at an officer's request is not a requirement, nor is taking any FST. You are under no legal requirements to provide any self-incriminating evidence. Once the officer arrests you based upon "his" reasonable suspicion that you are DUI, then you are legally required by the "Implied Consent" statutes to take the a breathalyzer test or to submit to blood testing, depending upon the circumstances. Additionally, once arrested, you can request at your own expense an additional blood test. If you refuse testing, you may still be charged with DUI, and you may still be required to defend yourself in court, and the DMV will administratively sanction you. ERM may be onto something. City Property Involved-- Dot I's, Cross T's. SOP.
Mr. jepg October 26, 2012 at 07:30 PM
but did they test for Weed?
carol van beek October 26, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Last night channel 9, who was at the accident scene, reported that the driver of the vehicle was being investigated for possible DUI. Why would there be an "investigation" if there wasn't probable cause?
Frank Mackey October 26, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Because they typically come up with a "cause" in the hope that whatever suspicions they had about you are true after they make the stop. You've never experienced that before?
David Lyttle October 26, 2012 at 11:44 PM
How about Blow-A-Way Hookahtar?
Dee October 27, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Guilty!! Of something or other... Cuz its a much juicier story! :)
Culturevator October 27, 2012 at 02:49 PM
"Jose Weedczar"
El Cid October 27, 2012 at 05:48 PM
It's great news to hear everyone was okay! Councilman Huizar and his staff are awesome!
KingSlav October 27, 2012 at 06:48 PM
So there was a three-car crash and no one was cited? Somebody is at fault.
David Lyttle October 28, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Where was Huizar going at that time of night in a City owned vehicle ?
carol van beek October 28, 2012 at 08:29 AM
Mayor Sam's blog reports that he had a "happy hour" birthday celebration for a staff member. Even lists all the people invited.

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