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Arrest warrant issued for Long Beach fire captain in alleged drunk-driving crash

April 27, 2011 | 11:45 am

An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for a Long Beach fire captain who allegedly was drunk when he hit and severely injured a bicyclist, prosecutors said.

John David Hines, 38, was driving drunk in his pickup truck April 1 when he lost control and swerved into a bike lane in Seal Beach, crashing into bicyclist Jeffrey Gordon, prosecutors said.

Gordon, 47, was thrown from his bike and landed on the shoulder of the road while Hines allegedly drove away.

Gordon suffered head trauma, severe cuts and bruising, internal injuries and spinal injuries, prosecutors said. He was hospitalized for two weeks and still suffers from limited mobility and speech and memory loss.

The impact of the crash left a blood splatter on Hines’ truck, which was heavily damaged, prosecutors said.

Two drivers who witnessed the crash followed Hines to his home and called police. About two hours after the crash, Hines had a blood alcohol level of .24 percent, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors filed several charges against Hines this week, including one felony count each of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% or more causing injury, and hit and run with injury.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of six years and eight months in state prison.

Police were trying to locate Hines, spokeswoman Farrah Emami said.


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