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Long Beach fire captain pleads guilty to DUI, injuring cyclist

November 30, 2011

A Long Beach Fire Department captain was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to severely injuring a cyclist while driving intoxicated with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.

John David Hines, 39, of Huntington Beach must serve five years of formal probation and one year in jail, according to a release from the Orange County district attorney's office. He was also ordered to pay $102,000 in restitution to the victim.

D.A. spokeswoman Farrah Emami said if Hines violates his probation at any time, he must serve four years and four months in state prison.

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Hines became intoxicated at about 1:20 p.m. April 1 at the Schooner or Later restaurant and bar in Long Beach, then drove erratically on Westminster Avenue in Seal Beach, lost control and crashed into a 47-year-old bicyclist.

He pleaded guilty in September.

Emami said she did not know if Hines was still employed by the Long Beach Fire Department. A department spokesman there could not be reached by press time.

—Michael Miller

Twitter: @MichaelMillerHB

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