Former Fullerton City Manager Charged with DUI and Hit and Run on Election Night

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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

N E W S   R E L E A S E

TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

 

Michelle Van Der Linden, Spokesperson

Office: 714-347-8405 Cell: 714-323-4486

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Case # 17NM03367

Date: March 3, 2017

FORMER FULLERTON CITY MANAGER CHARGED WITH DUI AND HIT AND RUN ON ELECTION NIGHT

FULLERTON, Calif. – The former city manager of Fullerton was charged today with driving under the influence and hit and run on election night. Joseph Burt Felz, 58, Fullerton, is charged with one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol and one misdemeanor count of hit and run with property damage. If convicted, Felz faces a maximum sentence of one year in county jail. The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned on April 3, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-8, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

On Nov. 8, 2016, Felz is accused of driving a vehicle under the influence in a residential area of Fullerton, driving over a curb and striking a tree. A witness to the incident called 911 and the Fullerton Police Department (FPD) responded and located Felz nearby. Felz is accused of unlawfully failing to stop his vehicle immediately.

FPD initially responded to the scene and then transferred the case to the OCDA for further investigation and legal review. Senior Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Nichols of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.

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  • Ed Romero

    In the Good Old Days of Orange County, all this guy would have had to do was make a PHONE CALL to the right person and everything would have been taken care of. How do I know that because I worked with a Deputy Probation Officer who was STOPPED 8 times for Drunk Driving and continued to keep his job, why? Because he was a genius of making Criminal or Civil Cases DISAPPEAR before they reached the D.A. That former Chairperson of the O C GOP would dispatch him as soon as any member of the GOP needed assistance that including all those Drug Dealing, Marijuana Smoking, Cocaine Snorting Racist Lesbians she ran around with. Do you want confirmation of this. How about the Asst. Chief Probation Officer that was caught shoplifting 8 times and never spent one day in jail. How about the Deputy Probation Officer who was arrested 4 times for Marijuana for Sale (he was that Asst. Chief Probation Officer’s Personal Drug Dealer) and kept his job. How about that Deputy Probation Officer who was arrested 5 times for Drunk Driving and kept his job, all they had to do was make a Drug Delivery in a Brown Paper Lunch Bag and all was forgiven.

  • OCservant_Leader

    They forgot to include the FACT that NO evidence was collected at the scene by FPD to successfully prosecute. This is much ado about nothing. Wait for all charges to be dismissed due to lack of evidence.

    This is just window dressing to bamboozle the public into thinking the DA actually would prosecute an OC Elite. Did you fall for it?

    • David Zenger

      One wonders why no prosecution of the police who refused to collect that evidence or even arrest anybody. Well, no I don’t wonder.

      • OCservant_Leader

        There is still time to retaliate. Beware caller.