Council Member Long Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor DUI

Former Murrieta mayor and current city councilman Alan Long entered a guilty plea to one count of misdemeanor DUI related to an October 20...

Former Murrieta mayor and current city councilman Alan Long entered a guilty plea to one count of misdemeanor DUI related to an October 2014 traffic accident in which four teenage girls received moderate to serious injuries.

John Hall, spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, confirmed that Long was represented by his attorney in the Jan. 22 court appearance, which was moved up from a scheduled Jan. 29 date. Long had originally entered a not guilty plea to a felony DUI charge on Dec. 9, 2014.

According to Hall, Long was sentenced to 180 days, which can be served on electronic monitoring, and three years probation. Because the charges were downgraded from a felony to a misdemeanor, Long is not legally precluded from holding office. However, all council members are subject to a code of conduct and the rest of the council could discuss the situation.

In addition, Long still faces a civil lawsuit filed by family members of the injured girls.

All four girls were hospitalized -- one with a serious neck injury -- when a truck driven by Long rear-ended their vehicle as the girls waited to turn make a left turn from Jefferson Avenue onto Lily Avenue Oct. 16, 2014, according to police. A field sobriety test was administered and police determined Long was impaired by alcohol.



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