According to California Highway Patrol, Westminster City Councilman Andy Quach was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Quach, 42, who is a convicted drunk driver, hit a fenced apartment complex entryway with his 2003 Mercedes-Benz. After failing a filed sobriety test, he was was arrested by CHP at 11:25 a.m. “We did our investigation and based on the totality of that we arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence,” said CHP Officer Stacy Willits. He was being held on bail of $10,000, according to Orange County Jail records.
According to the Westminster City Council’s website, Quach was elected to the council in November 2002. He was also re-elected in 2006 and 2010.
Residents were shocked to hear of the DUI arrest. “He should resign or even taken out of office. What kind of example is that leading, for a drunk driver, a DUI, like twice?” said Orange County resident Kevin Tran. “If I do that once my life is over. Here he’s still in office, what does that say?”
While some residents might be outraged, Bart Kaspero, Quach’s attorney feels it’s too early to say if his clients guilty or not of the DUI charge. “The allegation is still fresh, so we don’t know what is going to come out of it,” Kaspero said, “But I think it’s a testament to his popularity, to the loyalty of his voters, that they still went out of their way to vote him into office after that first incident.”
Prior DUI Conviction
This is not Quach’s first DUI. On Sept 2, 2009, Quach pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in August 2009 when he sideswiped a car and slammed into a cement wall, knocking down a power pole. His blood-alcohol level was more than .20. He received three years probation, 10 days with a Caltrans crew, and was also ordered to pay $2,000 in fines and fees. He was also required to participate in an alcohol awareness program.
Source: NBC Los Angeles, Westminster City Councilman Arrested in DUI, 2014
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