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Man accused in rollover crash ordered to stand trial

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man accused of driving drunk and causing a rollover crash in Kensington that injured his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter must stand trial on charges of DUI, child endangerment and driving on a suspended license, a judge ruled Monday.

Albert William Pruitt -- who was on probation for DUI at the time of the crash -- faces nine years in state prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney David Uyar.

After a morning-long preliminary hearing, Judge Roger Krauel ruled that enough evidence was presented for Pruitt to stand trial. A Superior Court arraignment was set for Oct. 11.

Pruitt, 27, is charged with two counts of DUI causing injury, one count of felony child endangerment causing great bodily injury and three misdemeanor counts of driving on a suspended license.

The crash happened about 7:15 a.m. on Aug. 27 as Pruitt -- driving a Ford Explorer -- struck a curb while merging onto Fairmount Avenue from Aldine Drive. Police said Pruitt over-corrected, causing the SUV to roll over several times.

The 4-year-old girl, who was unrestrained in the back seat, was thrown from the SUV and suffered lacerations that required 90 stitches, prosecutors said.

A 2-year-old, who also belonged to Pruitt's 23-year-old girlfriend, was in a booster seat and was not hurt, nor was the defendant, but his girlfriend suffered an abrasion to her right arm.

Defense attorney Pamela Lacher said Pruitt's relatives are upset over allegations that he hurt a child.

At the defendant's arraignment, prosecutor Robert Eacret said Pruitt's blood-alcohol level was measured at .16 percent and .15 percent four hours after the crash.

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