Long Beach Fire Captain Convicted of DUI Charged with Probation Violation

Long Beach Fire Captain John David Hines, 38, of Huntington Beach faces possible prison time for a violation of his terms and conditions of probation. Hines pleaded guilty in September to felony Driving Under the Influence Causing Injury charges. In exchange for his guilty plea, Hines was sentenced to serve 1 year in county jail with four years and four months in prison stayed upon successful completion of probation. Hines was told by Orange County Superior Court Judge Erik Larsh, that if he violated his probation he would serve his prison sentence.

Hines was convicted of DUI for an accident that occurred in April of 2011. Hines left a bar in Long Beach and started to drive home to Huntington Beach when his reckless driving caused his pickup to swerve into a bike lane and strike a bicyclist, Jeffrey Gordon, 47. Hines fled the scene but was followed by other witnesses to the accident.

In September 2011, Hines pleaded guilty to felony driving under the influence, hit and run and sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury. Judge Larsh has scheduled his probation violation hearing to March 16, 2012


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