Long Enters Not Guilty Plea; Next Court Date Jan. 23

Former Murrieta mayor and current city council member Alan Long entered a not guilty plea today during his arraignment on a felony DUI cha...

Former Murrieta mayor and current city council member Alan Long entered a not guilty plea today during his arraignment on a felony DUI charge.

Long's court date originally was Dec. 11 but was moved up at the request of the defense, according to John Hall of the District Attorney's office. Bail remains at $50,000 and the judge stated Long is not to consume any alcohol while out on bail, Hall said.

Long's next court date will be a felony settlement conference on Jan. 23.

Long, 44, was arrested Oct. 16 after the truck he was driving rear-ended a car carrying four female students from Murrieta Valley High School at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Lily Avenue. He was given a field sobriety test and was taken into custody.

Long was booked at Southwest Detention Center and released the next morning on $50,000 bail.It was later announced that his blood alcohol level was .08 percent -- over the legal limit.

Long, who has maintained his innocence since the incident, resigned the remaining few weeks of his term as mayor of Murrieta Oct. 20 but said he would continue to run for re-election to a city council seat. He won that seat in the Nov. 4 election and was sworn into office Dec. 2.

On Nov. 10, the families of the four girls injured in the accident -- some seriously -- filed a lawsuit against Long, alleging negligence.



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