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California Christmas Parade Tragedy: Police Identify Alleged DUI Driver Involved in Heartbreaking Crash

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The suspected DUI motorist who struck three people on Thursday night prior to the city’s Christmas parade has been recognized by the Bakersfield Police Department.

Before the town’s Christmas parade, Alan Booth, 72, drove into a throng and struck three individuals, according to police and Fox News Digital.

After striking the three guys and backing up across 21st Street until he stopped close to the downtown Bakersfield Fire Station on H Street, officials said that Booth had backed up northbound into an alley at a high rate of speed.

Before the parade, Alan Booth, 72, drove through a throng, injuring three men.

According to investigators, Booth was detained on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, a felony. Police were purportedly seen handcuffing and escorting a man away from the incident in video captured by a bystander in the crowd.

The hospital reported that the three male victims, ages 21, 42, and 77, were in stable condition.

The collision is still being looked into.

Christmas Parade Disrupted in California as Truck Crash Causes Chaos, Police Respond

At least one individual was reportedly transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

According to the Bakersfield Police Department, a Ford F-150 pickup struck several people just before the start of the Christmas parade in Bakersfield, California.

First responders were sent to the parade venue at around 5:30 p.m., according to officials. following reports of a truck striking many individuals.

In a statement posted on X, the Bakersfield Police Department urged people to stay away from the area.

“BPD is conducting an investigation at H St. and 21st St., which is affecting the original parade route,” read the statement. “The Parade Marshall is working to see if rerouting the parade is an option. There is no threat to public safety.”

A witness reported to FOX 58 Bakersfield that they observed the truck driver attempting to resist arrest.

At least one individual was reportedly transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

The cause of the collision is still being looked into.

Tragic Turn: North Carolina City Denies Christmas Parade Permit Following Last Year’s Heartbreaking Loss of 11-Year-Old Girl

After the driver lost control, a pickup truck pulling an 11-year-old girl in North Carolina was murdered.

A truck pulling a float struck and killed a girl during the Christmas parade in North Carolina last year, prompting officials to deny a permit for the event.

According to news sources, the Raleigh city government declared on Thursday that it had turned down the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association’s application for permission to hold the Raleigh Christmas Parade.

“The decision was made out of an abundance of caution for parade participants and spectators, as well as respect for Hailey Brooks’ family and friends,” according to a statement from the city.

The previous year’s parade saw 11-year-old Hailey Brooks killed when the driver of a pickup truck hauling a float lost control and struck her. At the time, Landen Glass, then 20 years old, was facing misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, irresponsible driving, unsafe movement, unsuitable equipment, and carrying a handgun during a procession. His charges were upgraded to felony involuntary manslaughter by a grand jury in March.

Attorney Jason Miller claims that the Brooks family disagrees with the decision to refuse the parade permit and that they were not consulted.

“The Brooks family is disappointed that the City of Raleigh chose to cancel its 2023 Raleigh Christmas Parade rather than adopt basic safety measures to protect the community,” Miller stated.

“The Brooks family is disappointed that the City of Raleigh chose to cancel its 2023 Raleigh Christmas Parade rather than adopt basic safety measures to protect the community,” Miller stated.

Executive Director Jennifer Martin expressed her sadness over the decision on behalf of the merchant group.

“The parade has been a Raleigh tradition for 78 years that brings the community together, provides joy to hundreds of thousands, and allows families near and far to make countless memories,” she stated in a press release. As soon as Raleigh “allows it to return,” the association is “ready, willing, and able to continue this tradition,” according to Martin.

Raging Portland Driver Tears Through Rose Parade in Furious Video

In Portland, Oregon, Sidney Mecham “nearly collides with dozens of pedestrians, including small children,” according to recently released footage.

In recent dashcam footage, revelers at the city’s annual Rose Festival were forced to scurry for shelter before eluding police as a furious guy from Portland drove his Chevy through a packed parade.

Sidney Mecham, 42, has been without legal representation since August, according to his previous defense attorney, Chris Howard, who spoke with Fox News Digital. This is because there is a dearth of public defenders in Oregon.

Judith Matarazzo, the circuit judge for Multnomah County, approved Mecham’s preventative detention, and during the August hearing, the video was entered into the court file.

According to charges obtained by Fox News Digital from the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, Mecham has been detained in Inverness Jail in Northeast Portland since the incident on June 10. The charges include 38 felonies for attempted assault, multiple counts of unlawful use of a weapon, attempted assault on a police officer, and attempting to elude law enforcement by vehicle.

According to the allegations, one person was almost struck by the man’s Chevy Avalanche in each of the 17 instances of unauthorized use of a weapon.

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