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Serial DUI driver facing prison for latest crash
August 13, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Tom Wilkinson

A San Mateo man with three prior convictions for driving while under the influence is looking at more than seven years prison time for crashing into two separate occupied cars while intoxicated last year.

Tom Robert Wilkinson, 60, pleaded no contest to felony counts of DUI and drug possession with the special allegations he caused great bodily injury and had multiple victims. He will be sentenced Oct. 9 and faces up to seven years and eight months in prison. Wilkinson took the plea deal the morning he was to begin a jury trial.

Wilkinson’s blood alcohol level was .39 two hours after authorities say around 8:20 p.m. Sept. 13, 2013, he crashed into a car parked on B Street in San Mateo. The impact shoved the head of the car’s occupant into the windshield and pushed the vehicle over a curb into another person who was pinned against a bench.

Wilkinson left the scene but the victims were able to get his license plate and alert police. A few blocks from the initial collision, Wilkinson rear-ended another car, injuring the driver who lost consciousness.

“This was a very serious case,” District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

San Mateo police found Wilkinson at that scene and took him to a hospital where his blood was tested. Hospital personnel also reported finding a hydrocodone pill in his pants pocket.

Wilkinson has three prior DUI convictions including one in July 2013, only two months before his latest collision.

He remains in custody on $200,000 bail.


(650) 344-5200 ext. 102



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