SPOKANE--A Gonzaga University law student is accused of driving drunk, hitting a toddler and taking off.
22-year-old Timmy Nguyen made his first court appearance Monday. He has no prior criminal history according to court records, but is now facing vehicular assault and injury hit and run charges.
Sunday evening, the girl’s father was towing her in a bike trailer, when an SUV came speeding around the corner of Argonne onto Maringo Drive, crossed onto the wrong side of the street and ran over the trailer.
According to court documents, the driver didn’t stop. A witness followed the vehicle to a nearby apartment complex. The witness asked the driver, identified as Nguyen, if he knew what he just did. Nguyen replied “yeah” and swore at him.
When a deputy arrived, he smelled a strong scent of alcohol on Nguyen. When Nguyen was asked to talk about the previous five minutes, Nguyen replied “I don’t remember.”
The toddler is being treated for a skull and wrist fracture, but she’s doing okay. Her father wasn’t hurt.
A judge set Nguyen’s bond at $10,000, but it will be waived if he wears an alcohol detection bracelet while he awaits future court hearings.