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Alleged drunk driver rolls over man at gas station


SAN FRANCISCO – On Thursday, a man who was lying down underneath a disabled motor vehicle at a gas station in San Francisco’s Richmond District ended up being pinned by the vehicle, whose driver was under the influence, according to the police.

Police said that the man who was injured is in serious condition at the hospital. He was walking free at the Chevron gas station at 24th Avenue and Geary Boulevard when he encountered 2 men in an Acura who had come into the parking lot to change a punctured tire of their vehicle.

Police Sgt. Chris Breen told the reporters, “The driver of the vehicle had a tire blowout and (he) and the passenger were attempting to change the tire. And at that point, the victim had some interaction with both the driver and the passenger of the vehicle. I’m not sure what the interaction was”.

The man then lay down near the back of the vehicle and was struck, with his head being run over by one of the rear tires of the vehicle. The incident happened around 3:30 p.m.

Breen added that the incident is under investigation but “there’s no question that at some point, his head was underneath the tire. The Fire Department arrived on the scene, and they were able to hoist up the rear end of the vehicle, thereby freeing the victim’s head”.

The injured man was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he was in serious condition as he sustained life-threatening injuries. Police have not released the name of the victim.

According to the police, the driver of the Acura, 32-year-old Phat Lam of San Francisco, was confrontational with officers and was later taken into custody on suspicion of felony drunken driving and resisting arrest.

News Source: www.SFGate.com

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Aaron Bortel is a Lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s been a Criminal Defense attorney for over 25 years whose practice is dedicated exclusively to DUI law. He has offices in Marin County and San Francisco and defends his clients in all Bay Area Courts and at DMV.