South City man accused of drunken driving after rear-ending SamTrans bus

Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner file photoA South City man is accused of drunken driving after he reportedly rear-ended a SamTrans bus in South San Francisco.

Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner file photoA South City man is accused of drunken driving after he reportedly rear-ended a SamTrans bus in South San Francisco.

A South City man accused of drunken driving last week after he rear-ended a SamTrans bus has plead not guilty, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Jimmy Alameda Velasco, 31, was reportedly behind the wheel of a car that struck a SamsTrans bus Jan. 3 about 6 p.m. at El Camino Real and Arroyo Drive in South San Francisco.

Several passengers in the bus were injured and taken to local hospitals, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. Velasco himself was uninjured and reportedly told police at the scene, “I hit the bus, I'm a little drunk.”

Velasco reportedly failed field sobriety tests and preliminary alcohol tests revealed his blood alcohol level to be between .17 and .19. The legal BAC limit in California is .08.

Velasco was arrested and when he was put in the squad car, he reportedly threw up all over the back seat, prosecutors said.

The results of a subsequent blood alcohol test are pending.

The extent of the victims' injuries remains under investigation, prosecutors said.

Velasco plead not guilty of all charges in court Tuesday, prosecutors said, and he was released on $50,000 bail. He will return to court Jan. 17 for a preliminary hearing.

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