A Mexican man, living in Nebraska and working in the pipeline industry, entered two guilty pleas today in Belmont County, in connection with a drunk driving car crash that happened in September.
36-year-old Arturo Hernandez admitted to aggravated vehicular assault and operating a vehicle while impaired. In that crash near Fairpoint, a man and woman in the other car and their two children, ages four and eight, were injured. Today court officials had a Spanish language interpreter on speaker phone, for Hernandez.
Here is a conversation from the court room. Judge Frank Fregiato: “You are a citizen of Mexico, correct?”
Voice of Interpreter: (in Spanish:) “You are a citizen of Mexico, correct?”
Voice of Judge Frank Fregiato: “You understand that your immigration status may be affected by these pleas in this proceeding?”
Voice of Interpreter: “You understand that your immigration status may be affected by these pleas in this proceeding?”
Four other charges against him were dismissed, as part of the plea agreement. Hernandez told the judge he is a high school graduate, but reads and writes only in Spanish, not English. His sentencing is set for March 4th.