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Former California legislator is charged with assault

January 7, 2010 |  4:56 pm

Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged former state legislator Walter Karabian with misdemeanor assault for allegedly running into a parking attendant with his car last month during a USC football game.

Karabian, 71, allegedly tried to drive his car into a parking structure at Exposition Park but was stopped by a female attendant who refused him entry for not having a proper permit.

Authorities then allege the attorney drove his car forward, striking the woman several times. She was not seriously injured.

If convicted, Karabian could face a year in county jail.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office had referred the case to the city attorney’s office last month after refusing to file felony charges. But the city referred the case back for misdemeanor filing because a relative of Karabian's works for the city attorney's office.

--Andrew Blankstein