A man charged with driving under the influence after he seriously injured 11 people in a Fullerton crash was ordered into custody today after prosecutors asked for his bail to be increased from $100,000 to $500,000.
Christopher Jose Solis, 23, Anaheim, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty today to all charges stemming from the collision on Feb. 10, 2019. The defendant was charged on March 11, 2019, with one felony count of driving under the influence of drugs causing injury, one felony count of hit and run with injury, and one misdemeanor count of hit and run with property damage. Sentencing enhancement allegations for causing bodily injury to 11 victims and sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury to six victims were also filed.
“I am deeply disturbed by the defense attorney’s assertion that this case is not a big deal because it did not involve a driver under the influence of alcohol,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, who attended this morning’s arraignment. “Let me be clear, that getting behind the wheel under the influence of marijuana is illegal. If you are in Orange County and drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”
The People requested bail be set at $500,000, which is more than the scheduled bail, due to the danger Solis presents to society while out of custody. Solis faces a maximum sentence of 24 years and eight months in state prison.
The defendant is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 28, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-12, North Justice Center, Fullerton.
This article was released by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.