A driver who was allegedly intoxicated when police say he crashed into a Ventura County sheriff’s deputy along the 101 Freeway was charged in October with murder, prosecutors said. Kevin Hogrefe, 25, of Camarillo, was also charged with felony hit-and-run in connection with the death of Deputy Eugene Kostiuchenko, Ventura County District Attorney Gregory Totten told the Los Angeles Times. If you’re charged with DUI or any other crime related to driving under the influence in southern California, get the legal help you are very much going to need and contact an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney immediately.

Kostiuchenko, 41, had just completed a traffic stop and was walking back to his vehicle when he was struck and instantly killed, according to Ventura County sheriff’s officials. The driver, later identified as Hogrefe, narrowly missed hitting two other deputies who were assisting with the traffic stop. Investigators say that Hogrefe didn’t stop, and instead sped off before crashing his vehicle nearby. Kostiuchenko, a married father of two, was an 11-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

Driving under the influence is never, ever a good idea. Even if no one is harmed, you could still face fines, a suspension of your driver’s license, and even jail time for a simple misdemeanor DUI conviction. If you anticipate driving, don’t drink, and if you anticipate drinking, designate a driver, call a taxi, limo, or ride service, or find a spot to sleep it off – a friend’s couch or spare bedroom, for example. If you drive while intoxicated, you may not end up killing anyone, but when you are not in control of your vehicle, it is a lot easier for a tragedy to happen. If you’re charged with DUI in southern California – whether it’s a simple first offense or a felony DUI with injuries, consult at once with an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney.