He Got So Drunk He Crashed His Car Into a Train

LOS ANGELES, CA — After crashing into a train in Santa Monica, California in the spring of 2018, former Mashantucket Pequot tribal official Anthony ‘Antonio’ Manuel Beltran Sr., now 55, sat in jail for more than a year until a week ago when he pleaded no contest in a Los Angeles courtroom to a charge of drunk driving, prosecutors said in a statement.

Beltran, previously of Waterford, who was at the time of the crash the Tribe’s chief of staff, and who oversaw operations including police and fire, had his two 16-year-old sons in the car when he collided with a Metro train in Santa Monica on April 18, 2018, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Megee said Beltran entered the plea to one felony count of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and admitted causing great bodily injury.

When he copped the plea, Beltran was “immediately sentenced to 469 days already served in jail, five years of formal probation, nine months of alcohol classes and one year of parenting classes.”

His blood alcohol content was 0.27% at the time it was measured.

The case was investigated by the Santa Monica Police Department.