Conrad expected to make it to court

archive_import /

By SCOTT PESZNECKER

Veteran actor Robert Conrad is expected to be in Calaveras County Superior Court tomorrow to be arraigned on felony drunken driving charges, a paralegal for his attorney said.

However, Tony Booker, paralegal for the Law Office of Timothy Pemberton Conrad's Markleeville attorney said he wasn't sure if Conrad had been released from the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

But he said Conrad should be in court. Conrad's medical condition partial paralysis from the springtime accident that resulted in his DUI charges prevented him from attending his first two arraignment hearings.

"We believe he will (attend)," Booker said.

At the most recent arraignment hearing, on June 11, Pemberton said Conrad was scheduled to be discharged from the hospital July 25.

The actor faces two felony drunken driving charges one for driving under the influence of alcohol and causing injury and the other for driving with a blood-alcohol level above .08 and causing injury.

If convicted, he could face from 90 days in the county jail to three years in state prison.

Conrad suffered a spinal cord injury when his car crossed the center line and hit an oncoming car, injuring Kevin Burnett of Forest Meadows.

Calaveras County District Attorney Jeff Tuttle has said Conrad's blood-alcohol level that night was .22 percent. The legal limit is .08.

Burnett was taken to Memorial Hospital in Modesto and had surgery for multiple fractures to his left leg. He recently filed a civil lawsuit against Conrad for a yet-to-be-determined sum.

Conrad was arrested at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto the night of the accident.

Since then, Conrad has undergone rehabilitation in Santa Clara, trying to restore his speech and movement in his arms.

Conrad has appeared in dozens of television shows and movies, and is best known for his role as James T. West in the 1960s TV series "The Wild Wild West." He and his wife, Lavelda, own homes in Murphys and Bear Valley.

Contact Scott Pesznecker at spesznecker@uniondemocrat.com .

11508482
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Saturday April 30, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
New $65M courthouse to open by end of 2019

04/26/2016

State officials are working with architectural consultants on final designs for a ... more

Lake is full, marina is open

04/26/2016

The temperature was in the high 20s Tuesday morning when Jacob Hartley, ... more

Increased pulse flows for fish begin on Stanislaus River

04/26/2016

Agencies that control flows on the Stanislaus River below Tulloch and New ... more

Rim Fire recovery plan released

04/28/2016

Federal custodians of the Stanislaus National Forest are publishing a plan today ... more

Director resigns as infighting continues

04/27/2016

Bryan Adcox has resigned from the Mother Lode Fair Board of Directors ... more