Portola Valley driver charged with felony DUI

Passenger fractured leg in July 30 crash

Carter Madsen Boyce, 19, of Portola Valley has been charged with felony drunken driving in a July 30 incident in which he was at the wheel of a 2007 BMW when it crashed into a tree at about 1:15 a.m. at Westridge and Mapache drives, authorities said.

The 19-year-old passenger, also of Portola Valley, suffered a fractured leg, which is why Boyce is being charged with a felony, according to Detective Sgt. Linda Gibbons of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Authorities are not releasing the passenger's name.

Boyce was taken to San Mateo County jail, but is out on bail, Gibbons said. The case is now with the District Attorney's Office, she said.

The Sheriff's Office is not releasing an estimate on the speed of the vehicle before the crash, but the car does have "severe front end damage" and the passenger had to be "extricated" by medics from the Woodside Fire Protection District, Gibbons said.

— Almanac staff


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Posted by MADD
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

All DUIs should be felonies since the criminal is putting innocent people at risk. If someone is injured, that should be an additional crime (e.g. battery or homicide) in addition to the felony DUI.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Any driving puts innocent people at risk. More people are hurt by sober drivers than drunk drivers.

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm

If we had a real driving test, like they do in Japan and Germany, we could cut accidents and traffic congestion 90% by eliminating the worst 10% of drivers.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 6, 2011 at 12:34 am

How's that help? Our worst 10% don't have a license, if I'm reading the police logs correctly. (Suspended, revoked, never bothered, can't pass the test, or can't provide the required documents.)

Actually I'm impressed by how few accidents there are with this much traffic. We'd have mostly the same normal rush hour or lunchtime congestion no matter how perfectly everyone drove.

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