Westminster Councilman Andy Quach pleaded guilty to all charges today and was sentenced to 10 days Caltrans work, three years of informal probation, fines and fees totaling $2,000, and a 9-month alcohol awareness program.
Quach, 37, did not personally attend the arraignment, held at West Justice Center in Westminster. Instead, he submitted a notarized plea form, and his lawyer Bart Kasperowicz (same one as here; in the photo is Kasperowicz at the arraignment) appeared on his behalf.
Quach pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol, one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 percent, and a sentencing enhancement for having a blood alcohol level over .20 percent while driving.
Quach’s guilty plea ends his court case. The open questions surrounding his drunk driving are likely to remain unanswered for a long time.
At around midnight August 1, Quach was driving and swerving along McFadden Avenue when he clipped a car with 3 Vietnamese occupants in it, slammed a concrete wall, and crashed into a electric pole, knocking out power to 300 homes. These homes would stay without electricity until next day afternoon. Quach refused a breathalyzer, opting for a blood test instead. His blood alcohol level tested to 0.26 percent, more than three times the legal limit.
When first asked about his arrest, Andy Quach originally denied any drunkenness and told Viet Bao Daily News (read here): I was “sleepy, because I was working too hard,” he said at the time.
It then came to light that he had been eating and drinking at West Coast Seafood Buffet and had left there at 10:30pm. There were some rumors that he then went to Citryst to drink. However, when police came to Citryst asking for the security video, the owner Amanda Mydung Nguyen said that the camera was accidentally turned off at 10:30 that night.
Questions also arose as to whether another person was in the car with Quach. Specifically, rumors had it that Assemblyman Van Tran was in the car, but there has so far been no evidence of it. Tran said (here) that he had been home reading when Quach, all slurred speech and everything, called him for help, so Tran rushed to the scene.