Conrad expected to make it to court



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.

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