Elderly man who injured student in schoolyard wreck could be charged with DUI

The wreck caused the young boy's leg to be amputated

PALM DESERT, Calif. - An elderly man may be charged with driving under the influence after crashing through a gate at a Palm Desert elementary school and injuring a student.

The Riverside County Sheriff's department says Malcom Patterson, 83, had alcohol in his system at the time of last year's wreck.

The department is recommending a DUI charge although Patterson was below the legal limit.

Patterson's license has already been suspended.

He plowed through a fence at Abraham Lincoln Elementary causing debris to hit 10-year old Adrian Grajeda. 

The boy suffered major injuries and had one of his legs amputated.

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