Search warrant: Bottle of vodka found in car of man suspected in deadly DUI

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - John Giumarra III is accused of hitting a woman on a bicycle in January on Golden State Highway and taking off. He hasn't been charged.

The district attorney assigned to the case previously said he was waiting on search warrants from police. 17 News obtained search warrants Wednesday associated with the case. 

Giumarra is accused of hitting, Angela Holder, 32, with his 2016 GMC Yukon, as she rode across Golden State Highway near F Street January 16. Police said he drove off but was arrested a short time later in a parking lot nearby. Holder died two days later. 

Giumarra's attorney Jeremy Brehmer said his client didn't flee, but pulled over where it was safe. Brehmer said Giumarra was never more than a few hundred yards from the scene.  

Police initially recommended felony D.U.I. causing injury, hit-and-run causing injury and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or greater. Supervising District Attorney Michael Yraceburn previously said the case was sent back to the BPD for further investigation and they were waiting on search warrants.  

According to search warrants, police said Giumarra was drunk and officers found an empty bottle of vodka in the back of his Yukon. 

Brehmer contends there is no indication his client drank the vodka found in the backseat. 

Police said they believe accessing Giumarra's cell phone could help in proving the case. 

Police also requested Holder's toxicology results from Kern Medical to determine if she too was under the influence. Documents state Holder has a history of drug abuse and police suspect she was impaired. 

Both Holder and Giumarra have criminal histories involving substance abuse. Holder has two drug-related convictions and one case that was pending when she died.

Court records show Giumarra was charged with drinking and driving nearly 30 years ago, but those charges were later dropped. Instead he pled guilty to reckless driving. More recently, he was charged with dui in 2015, but again that charge was dismissed, and he pled no contest to reckless driving, in lieu of D.U.I. As part of that plea, Giumarra was given probation, and was still on probation the night he is accused of hitting Holder. 

The District Attorney's office said it's still waiting on police to resubmit the case. After it is resubmitted, the office will decide what, if any charges will be filed.      

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