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Paramount man charged in crash that left two seriously injured

City News Service | 3/11/2013, 5 p.m.

LOS ANGELES, Calif.--A Paramount man who was behind the wheel of a BMW that crashed into two men standing in front of a parked car outside a Los Angeles strip club, causing them to lose limbs, was charged today with drunken driving.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Shelly Torrealba ordered Terrence Conrad Meeks, 40, held on $160,000 bail while he awaits arraignment March 25 on one felony count each of driving under the influence causing injury and driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol causing injury, along with allegations of great bodily injury and injury to more than one person.

Meeks drove into the two men, who were pinned against a parked Mini-Cooper, after leaving Sam's Hof Brau at Olympic Boulevard and McGarry Street early Sunday, according to police.

One of the men had both legs severed below the knee, according to Deputy District Attorney John Gilligan. The second man had to have his right leg amputated after it was crushed. Both remain hospitalized.

There was no evidence the crash was the result of a hate crime, according to prosecutors.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in state prison, according to the District Attorney's Office.