FAIRFIELD — An ex-con from Vacaville was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on felony charges related to his third driving under the influence arrest and a March collision that injured four people.
Ali Sharifzadeh, 23, spent the evening of March 22 at the Str8 Shooter bar on East Monte Vista Avenue drinking with three others. They left the bar a little after 10 p.m., with Sharifzadeh behind the wheel of an Infiniti belonging to one of his companions, according to testimony at his probable cause hearing.
Sharifzadeh made it not quite a half-mile before he ran a red light, plowing into an SUV with a family of three inside at the corner of Monte Vista Avenue and Dobbins Street. All three people in the SUV were injured.
Sharifzadeh, who has two previous DUI convictions, did not stay at the crash scene, but Vacaville police tracked him to a nearby parking lot. That resulted in his also being charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident.
Sharifzadeh had been released from prison under the state’s Post-Release Community Supervision program at the time of the crash and he was also on probation for a 2012 DUI. He also had a DUI conviction in 2009. Court records reflect Sharifzadeh has violated the terms of his DUI probations six times, with judges putting him back on probation each time.
Most recently, after spending a few days in jail, Sharifzadeh posted $37,500 bail.
After refusing a request from Sharifzadeh’s lawyer to reduce the pending DUI crash causing injury charge to a misdemeanor, Judge Donna Stashyn ordered Sharifzadeh to return to court Aug. 18.