A 60-year-old drunk driver who rammed two cars and injured three people in San Mateo last year pleaded no contest to DUI charges Monday and now faces more than seven years in prison. Tom Robert Wilkinson had three prior drunk driving convictions on his record when he began driving recklessly on September 13, 2013, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Wilkinson first slammed into an occupied parked car while driving on B Street in San Mateo at 8:20 p.m., knocking it over a curb, Wagstaffe said.
A victim who was sitting the car was slammed into the windshield and suffered head injuries, Wagstaffe said. The victim’s car hit another person and pinned him to a bench, Wagstaffe said. Wilkinson drove off, but the victims were able to take down his license plate number and call police, Wagstaffe said. A few blocks away, Wilkinson rear-ended another car, knocking the driver unconscious and causing other injuries, according to Wagstaffe. Police found Wilkinson at the scene of the second accident and took him to the hospital, Wagstaffe said.
There, two hours after the crashes, Wilkinson’s blood-alcohol level measured at .39 percent, more than four times the legal limit. Police also found a hydrocodone pill in Wilkinson’s pocket, Wagstaffe said. Wilkinson pleaded no contest in San Mateo County Superior Court on Monday to driving under the influence of alcohol, felony possession of narcotics and inflicting great bodily injury in the commission of a felony. He faces up to seven years and eight months in prison, prosecutors said. He will return to court on Oct. 9 for Judge Mark Forcum to consider a pre-sentence report and impose a sentence.
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