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Lompoc man pleads no contest in deadly Hwy 1 crash

Posted at 2:27 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 17:27:17-04

A Lompoc man will be sentenced in June for his role in a deadly crash on Highway 1 last year.

The California Attorney General’s Office says Bryan P. Charette pleaded no contest Friday to two counts – gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater causing injury.

He was arrested by the California Highway Patrol following the Sept. 21, 2018 head-on crash on Highway 1 south of Jalama Road that killed Alfredo Martinez, 73, of Oxnard.

In October, the Attorney General’s Office filed criminal charges against Charette, which included murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury to another person, driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol or higher causing bodily injury, and reckless driving causing great bodily injury.

All but two of the charges were reportedly dropped in exchange for Charette’s no contest plea.

The complaint alleged that Charette was driving 30 miles or more above the speed limit at the time of the crash and has a prior conviction for DUI out of Santa Barbara County from 2007.

Jail logs did not show Charette, who was 35 at the time of the crash, in custody as of Tuesday morning.

Sentencing is set for June 7.

Lompoc man pleads not guilty to murder, DUI, other charges following deadly Hwy 1 crash

Bryan Charette
Bryan Charette