Matthew Lickona 2:43 p.m., June 19
Edgar Ferrer Velasco, 29, admitted to committing a DUI hit-and-run in court this week and was immediately released on “summary,” or unsupervised probation.
On the plea deal paperwork it was written: “I committed a hit and run, leaving the scene of an accident without providing necessary information. Accident resulted in soft tissue injury to other driver and damage to vehicle.” The collision occurred three weeks ago, on May 11, according to the charging document, and Oceanside police arrested Velasco the same date. Originally charged as a felony, the offense was reduced to a misdemeanor in the deal, and a misdemeanor charge of unlicensed driver was completely dropped.
Velasco got credit for the 19 days he already served in jail.
Public defender Laura Copsey, prosecutor George Loyd, and judge K. Michael Kirkman signed the plea-deal paperwork the day the case was set for preliminary hearing. The Spanish-speaking interpreter who assisted the accused also signed the deal.
Found in the court file was a letter from the Criminal Alien Program of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in downtown San Diego; it stated an “urgent request” for “certified copies” of the plea and judgment.