Westminster City Councilman Andy Quach was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence by California Highway Patrol officials Monday after crashing into a metal gate of an apartment complex in the 15100 block of Brookhurst Street at about 10 a.m. He was arrested after failing a field sobriety test, according to KABC.
The 42-year-old Quach, who has served multiple terms on the council and is a Vietnamese immigrant who fled his communist homeland by boat with his family in 1980, will appear in open court in Westminster on Nov. 13 to provide his plea to the charges. He is being held in custody until he pays $10,000 bail, according to the OC Weekly.
Quach pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drunk driving charges stemming from an Aug. 2 traffic accident when he crashed his Mercedes S550 into a pole knocking out power to about 300 homes, in August of 2009, according to the OC Register.
A blood test revealed that he had a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.26%, in the 2009 DUI, according to the LA Times.
Quach told the police, during his latest DUI arrest, that he was unemployed. His City Council term ends this year. He was the top vote-getter in 2010, for the Westminster City Council, but did not run for reelection this year.
The OC Weekly hinted at why Quach chose to end his political career:
According to court records inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, Quach is close to Little Saigon businessman Kevin Khanh Tuan Do, who was arrested by the FBI in August 2013 on extortion charges.
Do has pleaded guilty, but Anthony Duong Donner, one of the Westminster Police Department cop accused of being the enforcer in the extortion racket, faces trial next year.
Before he pleaded guilty on the eve of his trial several months ago, Do unsuccessfully attempted to block prosecutors from introducing evidence of his questionable financial and personal ties to Quach, newly elected councilman Tyler Diep as well as incoming state Senator Janet Nguyen.
This really could be the end of the road for Quach.