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Man pleads not guilty in fatal DUI case

- Pamela J. Podger, Chronicle Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 27, 2004

© 2004- The Chronicle

Harvey D. Hereford, who is suspected of drunken driving and is accused of killing one bicyclist and badly injuring another, pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges Monday in Sonoma County Superior Court.

Hereford, a 69-year-old lawyer, is charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence in the April 11 crash that killed Alan Liu, 31, and injured Jill Mason, 26, as the two were cycling on Highway 12. Hereford also faces a misdemeanor charge of failing to stay in a lane.

Prosecutor William Brockley urged Superior Court Judge Robert Dale to consider raising Hereford's $60,000 bail to $200,000, saying Hereford's blood alcohol level was 0.29 -- more than three times the legal limit.

Dale agreed to consider the matter Wednesday. Hereford posted bail shortly after his arrest. The judge ordered Hereford not to drive or drink in the meantime.

Mason remains in Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with brain trauma and a severed spinal column. Hospital officials described her condition as serious.

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