RIO LINDA (CBS13) — The DUI suspect who hit a pregnant woman in Rio Linda last week has turned himself in, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.

Ronny Ward (credit: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department)

Officials said 23-year-old Ronny Haines Ward III turned himself in at 3 p.m., three days after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Ward has been charged with multiple felonies including DUI causing injury or death. He is being held on $150,000 bail.

RELATED: Family Heartbroken And Confused As DUI Crash Suspect Is Released Hours After Premature Baby Died

Ward struck Ciara Villegas, who was six months pregnant at the time, outside of her home in Rio Linda on April 8. Doctors had to perform an emergency C-section and the baby, Ricky (RJ), was delivered. Baby RJ died two days later.

Villegas is still in critical condition, according to family members.

Ward has declined a breathalyzer at the crash, opting for a blood test instead. It can take up to 30 days to get lab results, and without them, the District Attorney says they simply did not have enough evidence to charge him with a DUI before he was released last week.

The CHP reports that Ward’s blood alcohol level was three times over the legal limit.

RELATED: DUI Crash Suspect Who Hit Pregnant Woman Had Previous DUI Arrest

Ward is expected in court next week.

  1. Eileen Kephart says:

    Since a blood alcohol level test’s results can take up to a month to be determined, a law should be passed stating that only a breathalyzer can be used to determine one’s blood alcohol level when pulled over by law enforcement for a suspected DUI. This punk is gaming the system; he now has several weeks of freedom in which to drive drunk, possibly injuring or killing more people.

Leave a Reply