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Westminster councilman charged with driving under the influence

August 4, 2009 |  6:29 pm

Westminster City Councilman Andy Quach was charged today with misdemeanor driving under the influence after he crashed his car into an electrical pole over the weekend, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Quach was also charged with one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol level over 0.08% and a sentencing enhancement for having a blood alcohol level over 0.20% while driving.

According to police, a few minutes after midnight Sunday, Quach, 37, was driving east on McFadden Avenue when his Mercedes-Benz S550 collided with another car, struck a concrete wall and severed a power pole, knocking out power to more than 300 homes.

Authorities said Quach showed signs of intoxication, including bloodshot eyes, slow and slurred speech, and unstable balance; that he smelled of alcohol and performed poorly on a field sobriety test.

A blood test revealed that Quach had more than a 0.26 blood alcohol level, authorities said.

-- My-Thuan Tran