- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors on Thursday charged a former Southern California mayor with driving under the influence after his pickup truck plowed into a car carrying four teenage girls when he was still in office.

Former Murrieta Mayor Alan Long was charged with one felony count with enhancements for each victim of the collision, the Riverside County district attorney’s office said in a statement.

The 44-year-old was arrested two weeks ago after his pickup truck rear-ended the girls’ car. Four girls between the ages of 14 and 17 were injured.

Prosecutors said Long’s blood-alcohol content the night of the crash was 0.08 percent, which is the point at which state law presumes a driver is impaired.

After the crash, Long apologized and stepped down as mayor. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 11.

Long’s attorney, Virginia Blumenthal, says her client maintains the crash was an accident.

Long made national headlines in July when he encouraged residents to oppose a federal government plan to process Central American immigrants at a U.S. border patrol facility in Murrieta. Buses transporting immigrants to the facility about 60 miles north of San Diego were forced to turn around when demonstrators blocked the road.

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