LAKEPORT—A four-vehicle collision last July in Clearlake Oaks that sent several people to the hospital has left a Pacifica man facing multiple impaired driving charges.
Stephen Robert Williams, 39, was not present at a recent hearing while his attorney, Jonathan B. Steele, attended by remote appearance via California Penal Code 977. This penal code allows an attorney to appear on behalf of the client without the defendant/client. present.
There was a stipulation to continue the preliminary investigation because the two lawyers lacked information on certain alleged victims.
The case continued for a main schedule appeal hearing on October 21, 2022, with the preliminary hearing scheduled for October 26, 2022.
The parties have stipulated that medical records subpoenaed in the Clerk’s docket may be released to Assistant District Attorney Rachel Abelson for a copy and then returned to the Clerk’s docket. There were no objections regarding chain of custody.
In April, the defendant was present by remote appearance and not in custody in Lake County Superior Court for a warrant recall.
In February, the defendant was not present because his attorney, Jonathan B. Steele, said his client still had medical issues from the car accident and asked that the case continue.
A felony warrant was issued for the accused on February 15, 2022 and he requested that the warrant be quashed.
The Court made no order at that time, but recalled the arrest warrant.
The Court left the bond as set so that the following conditions would be imposed:
- Will not drive a motor vehicle unless you have a valid license and insurance
- Obey all laws
- Shall not possess or have under its control any liquor or enter any public place where the primary item sold or distributed is liquor. The defendant will refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages.
The defendant was charged with seven counts of impaired driving – alcohol causing injury and three counts of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The charges stem from an incident last July when Williams was driving west on Highway 20 near Sulfur Bank Drive at an allegedly high speed when he collided with the vehicle in front of him.
According to CHP, the two vehicles passed each other in oncoming traffic, colliding head-on with other vehicles.
As a result of the collision, the accused suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Clear Lake CHP officers observed symptoms and an indication of alcohol intoxication and were arrested.
Three other people were airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center, one seriously injured and three others sustained minor injuries.
In another case, Williams was charged with hit-and-run with property damage.