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.

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