Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Bail Bondsman Makes Big Arrest

A Los Angeles attorney who is facing a spate of charges for a November 2006 crash that killed Kern County sheriff's deputy William "Joe" Hudnall Jr. was arrested by a bail bondsman Friday night in Glendale.

Sheriff's Cmdr. Kirk Foster did not know Saturday why Daniel Willsey was arrested. Willsey was booked into the downtown jail about 3 a.m. Saturday. The Glendale Police Department was not involved in Willsey's arrest, said Sgt. Tigran Topadzikyan.

Topadzikyan said the department received a courtesy call from a bondsman that Willsey was going to be arrested and taken back to Kern County.

Edward Kassabian of People's Bail Bonds in Van Nuys said one of his bondsmen arrested Willsey, but he declined to give more details, citing client confidentiality.

Willsey will next appear in court Wednesday morning, according to online court records.

He declined a jailhouse interview request Saturday afternoon.

Willsey faces charges that include gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance and carrying a concealed firearm. His car collided with Hudnall's on Highway 178. Hudnall was driving a female prisoner from Kernville to Bakersfield. The accident knocked the Ford Bronco Hudnall was driving down an embankment, killing Hunall and injuring the woman. Neither person wore a seat belt.

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