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Long Beach fire captain convicted of DUI hit-and-run injury collision

Long Beach Fire Capt. John Hines, above, was arrested for a hit-and-run accident in Seal Beach on April 1, 2011. He was convicted of driving under the influence and hit-and-run Sept. 6, 2011.

September 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Long Beach Fire Department Captain John David Hines was convicted Tuesday of injuring a cyclist in a hit-and-run crash while driving under the influence of alcohol, the Orange County District Attorney's Office announced.

Hines, 38, a Huntington Beach resident, pleaded guilty to a court offer to one felony count each of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, driving with a blood alcohol .08 percent or more causing injury, hit and run with injury, and sentencing enhancements and allegations for causing great bodily injury and having a blood alcohol level over .20 percent, according to the OCDA.

Hines is accused of leaving a Long Beach bar at about 1:20 p.m. on April 1, driving away while severely intoxicated eastbound on Westminster Avenue in Seal Beach and striking a cyclist in the bike lane without slowing or stopping.

The victim was hospitalized with severe injuries.

Two witnesses reported the incident. Hines was arrested later at his Huntington Beach home. He displayed signs of alcoholic intoxication, and tested at .24 percent blood-alcohol level two hours after the collision, three times the legal limit.

Hines's Chevrolet pickup truck displayed major front-end damage and blood spatter from the victim.

As a condition of the court's offer, Hines has been ordered to serve 90 days in state prison for a diagnostic evaluation to determine his suitability for state prison, according to the OCDA.

After the 90-day diagnostic, he is expected to be sentenced Dec. 2, 2011 in Santa Ana. He faces a sentence ranging from probation up to six years and eight months in state prison, according to the district attorney.

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