A Seaside resident was convicted today of second-degree murder in the death of his 8-year-old son, according to Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo. Zabdiel Solis Arciga, 36, drove away from his girlfriend’s house with his son in the front passenger seat of his car around 1 a.m.on July 27, 2010 after an argument, according to prosecutors.
Arciga had been drinking and smoking marijuana, and a police officer saw him make an illegal lane change within minutes of his departure, prosecutors said. When the officer moved to make a traffic stop, however, Arciga sped away and led police on a five-mile chase at speeds of up to 120 mph on state Highway 1 before losing control and crashing at the Fremont Street exit in Seaside, prosecutors said.
Arciga’s blood alcohol level was between .12 and .16, and both marijuana and methamphetamine were found in his system, prosecutors said. He had one previous DUI conviction from 2005. Arciga will be sentenced on May 21, and is expected to receive a sentence of 15 years to life, prosecutors said.
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