Sentencing scheduled Friday for actor’s son
Griffin O’Neal, the oldest son of actor Ryan O’Neal, is scheduled to be sentenced today for driving under the influence of drugs and causing a head-on collision on San Pasqual Road last summer.
O’Neal, 47, pleaded guilty in November to DUI causing injury and being a felon in possession of a gun and admitted a 1992 conviction for shooting into his ex-girlfriend’s unoccupied vehicle. He faces up to four years in prison.
A Ramona resident, O’Neal was on probation for a 2007 DUI conviction when the crash occurred about 1 p.m. last Aug. 2 near San Diego Safari Park. Both drivers were injured and O’Neal was arrested a month later.
Prosecutor Vanessa DuVall said Griffin was charged after toxicology tests showed he had amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana and Xanax in his system at the time of the crash. She said two firearms and ammunition for both were found in O’Neal’s car.
Defense attorney Heather Boxeth told a judge last year that her client was trying to come to the aid of his 26-year-old half-brother, Redmond O’Neal, when he got behind the wheel the day of the accident.
O’Neal was set to be sentenced last month but did not come to court because he had checked himself into a rehabilitation facility after bailing out of jail on a misdemeanor battery charge involving alleged domestic violence against his wife.
When O’Neal arrived in court the next day, Judge Eugenia Eyherabide told him he could remain in the rehab facility until sentencing.
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