[UPDATED with Guilty Plea:] Allan James Waters, OC Sheriff's Deputy, Tried for Causing Crashes While Hopped Up on Pills
Waters, who collected a mountain of medication by falsifying information, repeatedly switching doctors and even trading a substance he claimed was cocaine to a pusher for pills, could get up to 15 years and four months in state prison at his June 10 sentencing hearing in Santa Ana.
He pleaded guilty today to one felony count of driving under the influence causing bodily injury, two felony counts of selling a substance in lieu of cocaine, nine felony counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, and a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury to an elder.
Allan James Waters is now further accused of illegally obtaining prescription pills by providing false information and repeatedly switching doctors.
He was under the influence of prescription drugs at the time of the March crashes, according to prosecutors who later claimed an investigation discovered Waters exchanged money and fake cocaine for Opana and Oxycontin.
"On nine occasions between March 2009 and March 2010, Waters is accused of going to eight different doctors to obtain prescription drugs Opana and Oxycodone," reads the new statement. "He is accused of giving the doctors false stories in order to illegally obtain the drugs. When one doctor would stop providing a prescription for the defendant, Waters is accused of moving on to a new doctor."
Here is the full statement from the Orange County District Attorney's Office:
November 1, 2010
OCSD DEPUTY CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY OBTAINING PRESCRIPTION PILLS BY PROVIDING FALSE INFORMATION AND REPEATEDLY SWITCHING DOCTORS
*Defendant was previously charged with injuring 78-year-old in prescription drug DUI crash and using fake cocaine to buy prescription drugs
SANTA ANA - Additional charges were filed Oct. 29, 2010, against an off-duty Orange County Sheriff's deputy for illegally obtaining prescription pills by providing false information and repeatedly switching doctors. The defendant was previously charged in this case on June 9, 2010, for injuring a 78-year-old woman after crashing into her car while driving under the influence of prescription drugs and using fake cocaine to purchase prescription drugs.
Allan James Waters, 37, Laguna Niguel, is charged with one felony count of driving under the influence causing bodily injury, two felony counts of selling a substance in lieu of cocaine, nine felony counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, and a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury to an elder. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 13 years and four months in state prison. Waters is out of custody on $100,000 bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Dec. 17, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
Prescription Drug Charges
On nine occasions between March 2009 and March 2010, Waters is accused of going to eight different doctors to obtain prescription drugs Opana and Oxycodone. He is accused of giving the doctors false stories in order to illegally obtain the drugs. When one doctor would stop providing a prescription for the defendant, Waters is accused of moving on to a new doctor.
Driving Under the Influence Causing Injury Charge
At approximately 4:45 p.m. on March 1, 2010, Waters is accused of driving southbound on Golden Lantern Street in Dana Point. He is accused of failing to stop and crashing into the back of a vehicle that had stopped at a red light in front of him. Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) responded to the scene and released Waters and the other driver approximately 30 minutes later after taking a report of the incident. The responding deputies were aware that Waters was an OCSD employee.
At approximately 5:20 p.m., seven minutes after leaving the scene of the first crash, Waters is accused of driving northbound on Golden Lantern Street. He is accused of driving erratically including failing to accelerate at a green light, stopping partially in an intersection on a red light, and almost crashing into a passing motorist. Multiple drivers called 911 to report his driving.
Waters is accused of swerving and hitting the curb before over-correcting and swerving to his left. He is accused of crossing over the middle lane and crashing into a vehicle driving in the far left lane. The victim's vehicle was forced over a planter onto the wrong side of the road, where it came to a stop facing northbound in the southbound lanes.
The defendant is accused of driving forward for a short distance before coming to a stop. OCSD deputies arrived at the scene and contacted the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to investigate. CHP officers contacted Waters at the scene. The defendant is accused of displaying objective signs of drug intoxication including slurred speech, a lack of balance, and trouble following directions. Waters is accused of being impaired while driving and under the influence of prescription drugs Zolpidem and Hydrocodone. He was arrested at the scene. He was later released pending further investigation.
The driver of the victim's car sustained minor injuries. The passenger in that vehicle, a 78-year-old woman, was transported to the hospital and sustained injuries to her back, for which she later had surgery.
Original Drug Charges
During the driving under the influence investigation, detectives also began investigating Waters for drug-related charges. On April 15, 2010 and April 30, 2010, Waters is accused of meeting a friend after arranging to receive Opana and Oxycontin from her in exchange for money and cocaine. He is accused of providing the friend with a fake white powdery substance under the false pretense that it was cocaine.
OCSD arrested Waters June 9, 2010. The driving under the influence case was investigated by CHP and the drug cases were investigated by OCSD.
Deputy District Attorney Brock Zimmon of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.