The world famous Whiskey A Go Go is one of the anchors of Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood. The club is part of the heart and soul of the Sunset Strip's rock scene where visitors from around the world visit. Unfortunately, four people were injured on the night of October 2 when a suspected drunk driver in a Volkswagen sedan jumped the curb in front of the club and crashed into a metal pole that holds up the awning outside the entrance. Security footage shows a crowd of people scrambling to avoid the car as it came barreling at them. The car was traveling north on San Vicente and attempted to make a left turn onto Sunset when the DUI driver lost control.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, who has jurisdiction in West Hollywood, responded just before midnight and found four victims, all of whom suffered minor injuries, according to Lt. Hector Mancinas. Two of the injured were transported to a hospital, he said. Sheriff's deputies arrested the driver at the scene. It was reported by NBC4 that his blood-alcohol content (BAC) was twice the legal limit. It is unclear whether these BAC measurements were breath test results from a pre-arrest DUI investigation or if they were obtained after the driver had already been arrested for DUI (as required by California's implied consent law). Interestingly, the suspected DUI driver's vehicle's bore a Lyft sticker. Fortunately, there were no passengers in his vehicle. It is unknown whether he was "on the clock" for Lyft at the time or had worked earlier that night.
The driver of the vehicle is likely to have "DUI with injury" charges filed against him. Depending on the severity of the victims' injuries, and whether the driver has any prior DUI convictions, these could be felony charges. Expect increased DUI patrols and DUI checkpoints in West Hollywood, particularly along Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards, in the near future.