North County resident pleads guilty to drunk-driving crash into home

VISTA (CNS) – A North County man who drove drunk and crashed his pickup
truck into an Escondido home, leaving a man seriously injured, pleaded guilty
Tuesday to felony DUI and other charges.

Brandon David Morris, 23, faces up to seven years in prison when he is
sentenced July 31, said Deputy District Attorney Laurie Hauf.

In a hearing before Vista Superior Judge K. Michael Kirkman, Morris
pleaded guilty to DUI causing injury and driving under the influence with a
blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. The defendant, who has a DUI
conviction from March 2011, also admitted multiple victim and great bodily
injury allegations.

Hauf said Morris' blood-alcohol level was measured at .25 percent —
more than three times the legal limit — after the Feb. 9 crash.

Morris was driving eastbound on Country Club Lane about 7:30 p.m. when
his truck struck a curb, ran over an electrical transformer and crashed through
the back patio of the home, which is on Eveningside Glen, said Escondido police
Lt. Tom Albergo.

Tony Vidaurri, 44, was outside the home and was pinned underneath the
pickup, Albergo said. His 14-year-old stepdaughter, who was inside the home,
suffered minor injuries.

Firefighters extricated Vidaurri from the wreckage and transported him
to a hospital with a broken leg, concussion and serious facial injuries. Two
other family members inside the home were not injured.

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