In a Riverside County Superior courtroom Wednesday, Dec. 3, Daniel L. Plott, 45, of Idyllwild, pleaded guilty to attempted hit and run and also acknowledged a prior felony conviction.
Judge Judith C. Clark denied probation and sentenced Plott to a prison term of one year and four months. He has already served 130 days and was credited with another 130 days for a total time served of 260 days, which is slightly more than half the sentence. He was remanded to the custody of the Riverside County Sheriff for transfer to state prison.
On Sunday, July 27, there were reports of a woman injured from a hit and run on Highway 243 near Ridgeview Drive. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Plott was driving a three-wheel scooter when he ran into a pedestrian and left the scene.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Plott for assault with a deadly weapon and the district attorney subsequently filed a felony hit-and-run charge on July 27, to which he pleaded not guilty. The not-guilty plea was withdrawn at last week’s trial readiness conference, when he did plead guilty to the second count.
On Sept. 17, 1987, Plott had been convicted “of the crime of … kill with vehicle with negligence, a serious and violent felony,” according to the complaint filed by the District Attorney’s office. This was the previous “strike.”
J.P. Crumrine can be reached at [email protected].