April 15, 2024
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A person convicted of driving drunk and within the incorrect path on a North County freeway, inflicting a deadly head-on crash into one other automobile, was sentenced Wednesday to almost 16 years in state jail.

Robert Nicholas Spence, 39, was charged with homicide, gross vehicular manslaughter whereas intoxicated and DUI counts for the Jan. 3, 2021, crash that killed 24-year-old Danielle Foust on state Route 78 in Vista. Each Spence and Foust have been hospitalized, and Foust later died in a hospital.

At Spence’s arraignment, Deputy District Lawyer David Uyar mentioned the defendant had a blood-alcohol degree of almost .24% shortly after the crash, which is thrice the authorized restrict. The prosecutor mentioned police obtained a number of 911 calls from witnesses who noticed the defendant driving the incorrect means and crashing into the freeway’s cement middle median previous to the deadly crash.

Prosecutors have been capable of cost Spence with homicide as a result of a previous 2017 San Diego County DUI conviction.

A Vista jury convicted Spence of among the counts, however held on homicide. He later pleaded responsible to different expenses and was sentenced Wednesday to a stipulated 15 years and eight months in jail.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.