South City man pleads no contest to drunk driving, rear-ending bus

A South San Francisco man pleaded no contest Monday to felony drunk driving for a January crash into a Samtrans bus that injured seven passengers, prosecutors said today.

Jimmy Velasco, 32, entered the plea in the courtroom of Judge Jonathan Karesh in exchange for a maximum sentence of two years in prison, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Velasco slammed into the back of a Samtrans bus stopped on El Camino Real at Arroyo Drive in South San Francisco just before 6 p.m. on Jan. 3. Seven bus passengers were injured and taken to hospitals, prosecutors said.

When stopped by police, Velasco told them, “I hit the bus, I'm a little drunk,” and failed police sobriety tests. He was arrested and then vomited repeatedly in the back of the patrol car, prosecutors said.

Velasco is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 28. He remains out of custody on $50,000 bail.

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Big name elected officials crowd race for tiny Democratic Party board

The San Francisco Democratic Party campaign clown car is rollin’ once again.… Continue reading

Legal challenge halts SFPD jurisdiction over dog attacks on federal land

Dog owners beware — canine attacks are now consequence-free on federal land… Continue reading

New drug court hearing for man who ate cookie without permission

The San Francisco Public Defender’s Office will ask the San Francisco Superior… Continue reading

49ers battle with the Saints lives up to its billing

Kittle’s 39-yard catch-and-run had placed San Francisco in prime position for a game-winning field goal as the 49ers trailed 46-45

SF police shoot burglary suspect in Mission District

Man allegedly attacked officers before being shot in first on-duty SFPD shooting since June 2018

Most Read