Deport the Criminals First — Part Fifteen of an Ongoing Series: Illegal Alien with DUI Prior Drives Drunk and Crushes Sara Cole’s Legs
[“Deport the Criminals First” is a recurring feature on this blog, highlighting crimes committed by illegal immigrants — with a special focus on repeat offenders. I argue that, instead of arresting illegal immigrants who work hard for a living, we should use our limited immigration enforcement resources to target illegal immigrants who commit crimes in this country.]
Another DUI, another hit and run, this time in Northern California:
Sara Cole remembers it all: the sickening sound of crunching metal, her young sons’ panicked voices crying out, “Oh my God,” and the sudden burning pain. She then glanced down at her twisted legs and knew in that moment she would never be the same. “I knew from the way I was laying, I was hurt really bad,” Cole said as she lay Friday in her hospital bed at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. There, the 44-year-old mother of four appeared surprisingly upbeat for a woman who barely survived after a man accused of drunken driving swerved his vehicle off Blossom Hill Road and slammed into her, severely crushing her legs Sunday.
She was loading her son’s bike into the rear of her sport-utility vehicle parked at a lot next to Baggerly Field in Los Gatos, when the boom came. She fell to the ground and suddenly heard her 12-year-old son, Patrick, yelling out, “He’s leaving. He’s driving away.”
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Today, Cole is facing her fourth surgery, and doctors say she still may lose her left leg.
Who did this to her? You already know the answer.
Soon after, officers stopped Lucio Rodriguez about four miles from the crash, which happened during her son’s Little League game.
Rodriguez, 27, was unable to stand on his own when officers asked him to get out of his car, according to a police report. They said he smelled strongly of alcohol, his eyes were glassy and he slurred his speech. They also said that before police stopped him, Rodriguez was weaving through traffic and driving erratically.
He had a blood alcohol level of 0.16 when his blood was drawn about an hour and a half after, twice the 0.08 level at which a driver is legally presumed to be under the influence. According to the police report, Rodriguez joined a friend between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. at a 76 gas station not far from the crash site and the two drank beers behind the station. The friend is an employee at the station. The friend told police Rodriguez left the station about 5 p.m. Rodriguez, who worked at the Lark Avenue Car Wash and at Una Mas restaurant in Los Gatos as a cook, called the eatery to say he was feeling sick and would not make it to work. He said he’d been drinking and was not physically able to go to work, the report said.
Rodriguez faces felony drunken-driving and hit-and-run charges and a charge of driving with a suspended license…. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman said Friday that Rodriguez has been living in the United States illegally. Rodriguez had been convicted of drunken driving in March for an incident in January. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail and ordered to pay about $1,600 in fines.
If he spent even a day in jail, he should have been identified as an illegal alien by ICE, and deported. If ICE had done its job, Sara Cole wouldn’t be facing the possible loss of her leg.
(H/t: Andrew G.)