Driver Accused In PB Hit-And-Run Pleads Not Guilty

A motorist who drove his SUV into a parked car, then pulled onto a sidewalk and pinned three people against a wall, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to DUI and hit-and-run charges.

Jon Arly Winchester, 26, was ordered held on $103,600 bail.

Deputy District Attorney David Uyar told Judge Francis Devaney that Winchester drove his SUV into the back of a car around 2 a.m. Friday, backed up, then pulled onto the sidewalk in the 1800 block of Garnet Avenue and struck the victims, who were standing outside the Silver Fox Lounge.

One of the three suffered a broken right leg, the prosecutor said.

Uyar said the defendant sped away, but someone jotted down a partial license plate number and he was apprehended at his home in Clairemont.

Winchester -- whose blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.13 percent after his arrest -- was on probation for two undisclosed misdemeanor convictions, the prosecutor said.

Winchester is charged with DUI causing injury, DUI with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher, three counts of hit-and-run with injury and one misdemeanor count of driving with a revoked license.

The judge set a status conference for Feb. 9; a readiness conference for Feb. 22; and a preliminary hearing for March 1.