DUI suspect jailed again in Clovis construction worker death

The man accused of driving drunk and killing a construction worker in Downtown Clovis is back in jail.
October 17, 2013 7:33:00 PM PDT
The man accused of driving drunk and killing a construction worker in Downtown Clovis is back in jail. A judge ruled Justin Desatoff did not pay sufficient bond when he bailed out of jail for $27,000.00.

Desatoff's blood alcohol content was .15 or higher when investigators say he tried to get away from officers.

Police say Desatoff hit and killed Lizmar Montenegro, 18, while he worked on a construction project in Old Town Clovis.

Thursday, moments after pleading not guilty to three felony counts, Desatoff was handcuffed and taken to jail.

Clovis police say a traffic officer was attempting to pull him over when he accelerated and plowed into a work zone, killing Montenegro.

Saturday, the Southern California native was laid to rest in his hometown of Fontana. His loved ones say his death is just now setting in.

Neighbor Jesus Marquez told ABC30, "He destroyed a family to where we were surprised of all the people that showed up at the funeral and how many people were affected regarding Lizmar's death."

The victim's family and friends said they are pleased the judge added a new condition if Desatoff bails out again. He's been ordered to get an alcohol monitoring device immediately to document any liquor consumption.

"I feel happy not just for us but for other people if he has a drinking problem," said Marquez. "You know it will probably save another life from him being drunk or making a bad judgment again."

Desatoff faces six years in prison if he is convicted on these charges.


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