Alleged DUI driver pleads not guilty in crash that killed San Bernardino officer

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KABC) -- The man accused of killing a San Bernardino police officer in a drunk driving crash pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

Also in court, the judge denied a request by the man's attorney to have him released on his own recognizance.

Archie Green III, 27, was arraigned Tuesday on gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI felony charges.

The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office said Green's blood alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit when he ran a red light and crashed into Officer Bryce Hanes' squad car at Etiwanda Avenue and Fourth Street in Ontario on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Hanes, a 12-year veteran of the San Bernardino Police Department, was killed after suffering major injuries in that collision.

Hanes was a married father of three young children. His family was not in court Tuesday. However, Green's family members did attend the arraignment and were visibly upset when the judge refused to grant a motion to release Green or lower his bail amount.

Green's attorney, Ludlow B. Creary II, told the judge that his client did not pose a threat to the community since he would not be driving, and that Green is the father of a young child, has a full-time job and has no prior criminal history.

Creary also said his client is devastated by Officer Hanes' death.

"My client's heart goes out to Officer Hanes' family," Creary told the media following the arraignment. He added that the district attorney told him Hanes was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Green is due back in court in December. His bail has been set at $250,000.

A public memorial for Hanes is scheduled to take place Thursday at the National Orange Show, 689 South E St., San Bernardino at 12:30 p.m.
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