Charges upgraded for driver accused of dragging teen

Police say German Gutierrez was intoxicated when he struck 15-year-old Sarah Colletti on East Beech Street in Long Beach in September.

Police say German Gutierrez was intoxicated when he struck 15-year-old Sarah Colletti on East Beech Street in Long Beach in September. (1/14/13)

LONG BEACH - The man accused of driving drunk last September and dragging a 16-year-old girl under his Jeep for nearly 600 feet is now facing upgraded charges.

A grand jury has added to the charges against German Gutierrez, of Long Beach. Police say his blood alcohol content was .30, more than three times the legal limit, when he ran over 16-year-old Sarah Colletti, who was riding her bike at the time.

Colletti survived the ordeal and appeared emotional at times while in court for the hearing today.

Gutierrez is now facing felony charges including aggravated vehicular assault, reckless endangerment and aggravated driving while intoxicated. The judge declined to increase Gutierrez's $30,000 bond, but did suspend his driver's license pending the outcome of the case.

Gutierrez faces a minimum of five years in prison if he is found guilty.

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