FAIRFIELD — A 23-year-old Fairfield man who faces charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run and felony driving under the influence causing death was in court briefly Tuesday, where prosecutors tried unsuccessfully to boost his bail from $120,000 to $500,000.
The effort to boost the bail for Alex Perez was prompted by his taunting the mother of the man he is accused of running down and killing, 28-year-old Moses Sala.
Perez was speeding down Peabody Road in his truck at nearly twice the posted speed limit on the rainy night on the of Dec. 4, 2012, while talking on his cellphone – after spending the evening at a Vacaville bar, according to testimony at an August probable cause hearing.
Perez’ insult in the courtroom came at the end of the hearing and nearly sparked a fight among the two families in the courtroom.
During the hearing, California Highway Patrol investigators testified that Perez had spent the evening with a couple of buddies. A bartender recalled Perez with four 22-ounce glasses of beer and two shots of hard alcohol. A copy of a $32 bar tab was later found in Perez’s wrecked truck.
Judge Donna Stashyn decided to boost Perez’ bail, but only by adding another $40,000, which his family was expected to underwrite within hours of Perez being locked up in jail. Perez is scheduled to be back in court Friday when dates for a jury trial may be scheduled.
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