Prelim. hearing scheduled for rollover crash in Kensington
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A preliminary hearing was scheduled to begin today for a suspected drunken driver accused of causing a rollover crash in Kensington that injured his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter, who was thrown from the car.
Albert William Pruitt, 27, is charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors, including DUI causing bodily injury. The defendant faces more than 10 years in prison if convicted.
The crash occurred about 7:15 a.m. Aug. 27 as the Ford Explorer that Pruitt was driving struck a curb while he merged onto Fairmount Avenue from Aldine Drive. San Diego police said Pruitt over-corrected, causing the SUV to roll over several times.
The 4-year-old girl, who was unrestrained in the back seat, was thrown from the SUV and suffered lacerations that required 90 stitches, according to the prosecution. Her 23-year-old mother, Pruitt's girlfriend, suffered an abrasion to her right arm in the crash.
Neither Pruitt nor a second child in the SUV were hurt.
The prosecution alleges that Pruitt's blood-alcohol level was measured at .16 percent and .15 percent four hours after the crash. Besides DUI counts, Pruitt is charged with child endangerment and driving with a suspended license.
A judge will decide at the end of the preliminary hearing whether there's enough evidence to order Pruitt to stand trial.