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By Joe Nelson and Stephanie Baer / Staff Writers
Published: Sept. 30, 2016 – 7:12 p.m.

West Covina Councilman Mike Spence said Wednesday he has no intention of resigning from his elected position following a drug-related car crash in June causing him serious injuries.

Spence, 50, said he also has no intention of resigning from his position as chief of staff for San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman. Spence also was Hagman’s chief of staff when Hagman was a state assemblyman.

“I am not going to resign over a report I’ve never even seen. I think that’s a fair statement,” Spence said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

Spence said he has no recollection of his June 12 solo-vehicle collision in Covina that broke his hip, femur, back and a couple of ribs. He said he also does not remember whether he had been using drugs or drinking at the time, and he has been trying to obtain a copy of the accident report to find out what happened.

“I haven’t seen anything yet,” Spence said. “I have been denied access to the report so I have no plans on resigning at this point.”

Spence was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He underwent two surgeries at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center for a spinal fusion and to repair his hip and femur. He was later transferred to Casa Colina Hospital for Rehabilitative Medicine in Pomona.

The Covina Police Department on Monday announced that a toxicology report confirmed Spence was driving under the influence of drugs — a stimulant — and that he had no alcohol in his system at the time of the collision.

On Thursday, Sgt. Gregg Peterson, spokesman for the Covina Police Department, said a drug analysis confirmed the stimulant Spence was under the influence of was illegal, but he would not say what the stimulant was.

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