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Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 2:58 pm

A 21-year-old Lake Arrowhead man, arrested April 25 after a reportedly driving a pickup truck into a utility pole on Highway 189 and injuring his two passengers, has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunk-driving charge.

Trevor A. Cripe will spend the next three years on probation, pay $1,923 in fines and spend 45 days in jail, with credit for five days served, Judge Steve C. Malone ordered following Cripe’s plea, entered as the defendant’s preliminary hearing was about to begin on Aug. 12.

After Cripe admitted driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or more, the judge dismissed felony charges of DUI causing bodily injury and DUI while driving negligently and injuring another person.

Court records say Cripe will have to report to Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center on Oct. 2 to begin his jail term, and also enroll in and complete a four-month first offender’s DUI program and show proof of completion to the judge by October 1, 2016.

The traffic accident followed an 11:34 p.m. incident in a hotel parking lot in which a companion of Cripe’s reportedly made a threatening gesture toward a deputy sheriff who was attempting to break up a fight. The male companion was then shot with the deputy’s Taser gun. Cripe reportedly pulled the electric dart from his friend’s body before the deputy, surrounded by three men, backed away.

A short time later the Ford F-150 pickup Cripe was driving away from the scene collided with a utility pole on Highway 189 at Cottage Grove Drive, causing cuts and scrapes to both his passengers.

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