By Neal Putnam
A preliminary hearing has been set for Feb. 13 for a motorist who slammed into an apartment building in Ramona while he was allegedly driving under the influence of a drug on June 8.
A $150,000 warrant had been issued for Charles Wayne Scott, 21, of Imperial, when he didn’t show up in court on Oct. 11, but he arrived in El Cajon Superior Court with his attorney several weeks later.
Judge Charles Ervin allowed him to remain free on his own recognizance again, with the condition he attend three meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous each week, according to court records. Scott has turned in proof of attending those meetings.
Scott and a female passenger were hospitalized after his silver Ford Focus was on La Brea Street and sideswiped a car in the parking lot of the Canyon Crest apartment building. The car struck two apartment units around 11:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of La Brea Street.
Before that, Scott allegedly committed a hit and run in the Kmart parking lot in the 1800 block of Main Street and struck a sign on the southwest corner of La Brea and Day streets. The hit and run charges are misdemeanors.
The DUI charge is a felony, but it does not describe what drug Scott may have taken. A court document says Scott had previously been charged with DUI.
The collision damaged the kitchens of two apartment units, but a county inspector later determined the building had no structural damage.