Reality TV Star Faces Charges After Crash: CHP - NBC 7 San Diego

Reality TV Star Faces Charges After Crash: CHP



    Reality TV Star Faces Charges After Crash: CHP
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    Rainey remains hospitalized in San Diego.

    Puck, One of the TV's first reality stars, is hospitalized in San Diego and will charged with driving while intoxicated, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    David Rainey, who was known as Puck on 1994's "Real World: San Francisco," was seriously injured in the wreck, which took place at about 9:20 p.m. on Friday on state Route 79. CHP officer Brian Pennings said Rainey, 41, was headed north, not far from the community of Descanso, just before the crash.

    "Due to his level of intoxication, he was unable to negotiate a curve in the roadway," Pennings said.

    The Ford Fiesta went off the roadway, down an embankment, where it came to rest on its roof in a streambed.

    Also injured in the crash was Rainey's 8-year-old son, Bogart, who was able to climb out and up the embankment, where he flagged down a passing motorist. Both Rainey and his son were taken to UCSD Medical Center by air ambulance. The boy's injuries were not as severe as his father's, according to the CHP.

    "[Rainey] was arrested for suspicion of DUI, however, he remains hospitalized due to his medical condition," CHP officer Brian Pennings.

    Michael Martin, who represents Rainey and other "Real World" stars, confirmed that his client was involved in the crash.

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    "Puck's wife, Betty, confirmed with me that he and his son Bogart were involved in a very serious car accident Friday, March 19, in San Diego," Martin said in an e-mail "I am thankful Bogart, age 8, has been released from the hospital to his mother, Betty, today when it was initially feared he would not survive."

    Martin said Rainey's condition is serious and that Martin has been unable to communicate with his client since the crash.

    "He is not able to speak since the latest surgery," Martin said.

    Matin said Rainey comes to the San Diego area frequently and was on a fishing trip with Bogart when the crash took place.

    Rainey will be facing charges of DUI, child endangerment and driving without a license, according to Pennings. Martin said he was aware of the pending charges but could not comment on them.

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