Crime & Justice

Murrieta mayor arrested on DUI charge issues apology to 4 injured cheerleaders

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long was arrested and booked Thursday night on suspicion of DUI causing bodily injury after his truck crashed into a passenger vehicle, leaving four local high school students with
Murrieta Mayor Alan Long was arrested and booked Thursday night on suspicion of DUI causing bodily injury after his truck crashed into a passenger vehicle, leaving four local high school students with "moderate to major" injuries, according to police.
Murrieta Police Department

The mayor of Murrieta has apologized to four cheerleaders who were injured in a crash that resulted in his arrest on suspicion of drunk driving.

The Los Angeles Times on Saturday reports that Mayor Alan Long's attorney Virginia Blumenthal says her client's blood-alcohol level was within the legal limit.

Blumenthal says Long, who is also a battalion chief with the Anaheim Fire Department, provided medical aid to the teens.

Murrieta police say Long plowed into the back of the car carrying the cheerleaders from a pep rally as it was stopped at a light.

Long failed a field sobriety test Thursday, but he passed a Breathalyzer test.

Police are awaiting blood-test results.

Long was released Friday on $50,000 bail.

One of the girls remains in the hospital.