|For Immediate Release
Case # 09WM07097
August 4, 2009
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
WESTMINSTER CITY COUNCILMAN CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
WESTMINSTER – The Orange County District Attorney charged a Westminster City Council member today with one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol, one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 percent, and a sentencing enhancement for having a blood alcohol level over .20 percent while driving. Andy Quach, 37, Westminster, was arrested by Westminster police on Aug. 2, 2009. He was cited and released. Quach is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at the West Justice Center in Westminster. The time and department are to be determined.
A few minutes past midnight, on Aug. 2, 2009, Westminster police officers responded to a traffic collision at 8821 McFadden Avenue, Westminster. Shortly after police arrived, the engine area of the car burst and ignited in flames.
Quach is accused of colliding his Mercedes Benz S550 into another car, losing control, striking a cement wall leading into the backyard of homes, and severing an electricity poll. At the scene, the defendant is accused of showing objective signs of intoxication including blood shot eyes, slow and slurred speech, and emitting a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and body. The defendant is also accused of having unstable balance and performing the field sobriety tests given by the police officer poorly. Quach is accused of having over a .26 blood alcohol level in his blood, which was collected by police.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Ray Armstrong of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.