Man charged in Richmond gas station pedestrian collision to appear in court 

The man arrested on suspicion of running over a pedestrian at a Richmond district gas station on Thursday was charged by the District Attorney’s Office on Friday and will be in court today for arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

Phat Lam, 32, of San Francisco faces one felony count of drunken driving and causing injury, and one felony count of driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher and causing injury, as well as two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, Bastian said.

Lam was allegedly involved in a strange encounter with a 50-year-old man who had reportedly been loitering at the gas station that Lam and a passenger had pulled into to fix a flat tire. It was unclear after the incident what the men may have said to each other.

At one point, however, the 50-year-old man had either collapsed or lain down behind Lam’s vehicle and was struck by a tire, suffering severe head trauma, police said. The victim was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. Lam was arrested at the scene. He remains in custody on $103,000 bail, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

He is scheduled to be in court at the Hall of Justice today for arraignment at 1:30 p.m., Bastian said.

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