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Alleged drunk driver in fatal crash posts bail

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Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 12:00 am

A man accused of driving drunk in a fatal West Lane vehicle crash this weekend posted bail Monday night.

Benjamin Serratos III, 29, of Stockton, posted $178,000 bond and was released from the San Joaquin County Jail.

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  • posted at 2:59 pm on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.


    Judges are bound by the law just as much as anyone else (except for maybe ol' Bennie), and the fact is that the California Penal Code, Sections 1268 through 1276.5 contains 4,556 words laying out the specific terms under which the accused and alleged criminal can be released on bail.This judge might have been in a position where he had to obey the law by allowing bail.That being said, looking at Serratos' record, his earlier pleas to DUI among other things, his reported refusal to identify the person who shot and killed "his best friend", his attempt to flee the scene of Destanee's death, his refusal to acknowledge he needed help and seeking it from a qualified professional... in light of all this, I can summarize the specifics as to whether or not bail is appropriate for this particular accused criminal in two word:"Well, f'ng duhhhhhhhhhhh."Okay. Three words. You want to hold me to only two?Try "common sense".

  • posted at 1:12 pm on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.


    I find it very interesting that nobody in this town seems to want this judge off the bench.

  • posted at 12:38 pm on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.


    This is just plain sick. Here is an excerpt from yesterday's article: "Serratos was taken to San Joaquin General Hospital, then booked into the county jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence, hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license. He was also booked on a warrant for failing to appear in court on a traffic case for driving on a license that was suspended or revoked due to a DUI conviction."So, Serratos kills a bright young lady with a promising future. Seriously injures his passengers, tries to flee the scene of the accident, failed to appear for a prior court date for traffic violations - including DUI - and he is released on bail? I feel so badly for the girl's family, and at the same time concerned that this guy is still loose out there to drink and possibly drive and have another opportunity to kill another innocent person. To the judge who allowed bail to be posted: "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING????"

  • posted at 9:40 am on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.


    Benjamin Serratos III murders a young girl over the weekend and gets to post bail on Monday night? That is not right. He is going to run, mark my words. You may as well ride down to the border and wave to him as he rides by.

  • posted at 8:33 am on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.


    The parents of the deceased girl have enough to deal with without slapping them in the face by granting this POS bail. He has a history of FTA. Does this judge think this is going to turn out any different? I would be floored if he makes his court dates. He is probably already swinging in a hammock drinking Corona in Mexico laughing.

  • posted at 7:24 am on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.


    He is entilted to bail, about $2 million should do it.

  • posted at 6:45 am on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.


    This 19 yr old defendent has a prior DUI conviction and now an innocent victim has died as a result of his driving under the influence. He is a current risk/threat to the public and should be detained in custody until the court proceedings render a disposition. Vehicular Manslaughter is a serious crime and should be treated as one.

  • posted at 6:00 am on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.


    The murderer probably left the jail, jumped into his car, and drove to the nearest liquor store.

  • posted at 3:58 am on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.


    Someone needs to look at the judge's record to find out if he's always soft on DUI murderers. Perhaps it's time to get rid of him/her.

  • posted at 3:55 am on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.


    Again -- what is the name of the judge that set the guy free on bail? Reporter?

  • posted at 3:50 am on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.


    Where in the world did he get this kind of money? $18K!!! This was murder. How do murderers bail out of jail anyway. Do they really expect him to come back? He tried to run from the scene for crying out loud. Definitely a stupid decision on the court's behalf.

  • posted at 3:05 am on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.


    Why did we just let a murderer bail out of Jail? The weapon this man chose to use was alcohol and a car. These DUI cases got to stop being treated as a simple drunk driving issue specially when it is their 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 20th conviction.

  • posted at 2:56 am on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.


    "Serratos had a previous drunken driving conviction." So, just how many people do these drunks have to kill before we take them seriously? I think our problem is with the person who allowed the killer to get out on bail. Was this person named in the story? Hmmmmmmmmmmm

  • posted at 1:02 am on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.


    I wonder how a 29 y/o was able to come up with almost $18K cash for the bail, especially in this economy. Don't be surprised if this guy disappears south of the border.

  • posted at 12:12 am on Wed, Jun 16, 2010.


    On this drunk driver issue..... If this 29 yr. old Serratos tried to run..., why in the world would they put a bond on him to get out of jail???? That girl died. What is wrong with this picture?



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