DUI Charges for Driver that Rear-Ended JLo

Posted on : January 5, 2015

Back in September, Jennifer Lopez and her friend Leah Remini were involved in a hit-and-run accident on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California while riding around in Lopez’s Rolls Royce. John Reitz, the driver at fault, fled the scene after rear-ending them but was eventually found a short distance away by deputies. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Reitz was driving with a blood alcohol content of .15, nearly twice the legal limit. Now, Reitz is being charged with two misdemeanor counts of DUI for the September incident. If convicted, Reitz is facing 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. At the time of the incident, two children were also in the vehicle but no injuries were reported for anyone.

Hitting someone and fleeing the scene of an accident is illegal in every state. If the victim is injured or killed, the hit-and-run can become a felony offense. In California, even if no injuries occurred, a hit-and-run is still a misdemeanor offense as long as property was damaged. If Reitz ends up agreeing to a plea bargain, it is likely that the prosecutor will drop one of the DUI charges in exchange for a guilty plea of the remaining charge.

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