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November 10, 2013
Second passenger dies after Sacramento hit-and-run crash

By Ryan Lillis
rlillis@sacbee.com

The second passenger of a car that crashed on Auburn Boulevard near the Interstate-80 off-ramp Nov. 4 has died, and the driver of the automobile was booked today into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of two counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, police said.

Antonio Reddick, 30, was booked after spending nearly a week in a hospital. He was held without bail, according to police and jail records. The crash killed Cherion Robinson, 23, of Sacramento. The name of the second passenger, who died Friday, was not immediately available.

Police said a Dodge Neon driven by Reddick was in a hit-and-run crash before the fatal wreck. The Dodge was being followed by the driver of the other car involved in the hit-and-run incident when it ran a red light, collided with a Toyota and crashed into a tree, police said. The Toyota's driver was also injured.

October 7, 2013
Man with 8 DUIs convicted in death of Tahoe pedestrian

A man with eight prior convictions for driving under the influence has been convicted of vehicular manslaughter involving gross negligence in the 2011 death of a pedestrian in South Lake Tahoe.

An El Dorado County jury last week found Larry Lee Halverson guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run causing injury. The jury heard testimony that on Sept. 4, 2011, Halverson's driver's license was suspended for DUI and he was under the influence driving a Nissan Pathfinder on Ski Run Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe when he struck Patrick Purcell, 51, a pedestrian who was crossing the boulevard, according to an El Dorado County District Attorney's Office news release. Purcell, a South Lake Tahoe resident, was flown to Renown Hospital in Reno, where he died of his injuries 31 days later.

According to the District Attorney's Office, Halverson had convictions for driving under the influence starting in 1990 in Santa Clara County through 2008 in Nevada. He was indicted by an El Dorado County grand jury in April 2012 in Purcell's death.

Halverson faces sentencing under Courtney's Law, a 1996 amendment to the state law pertaining to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, according to the District Attorney's Office. This law provides for a 15-year-to-life sentence for habitual offenders with qualifying DUI convictions. Halverson, who is being held in El Dorado County Jail without bail, is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 1.

September 20, 2013
Yolo County jury convicts man in crash that killed wife, son

A Yolo County jury has convicted a Redwood City man of two counts of second-degree murder in the September 2012 crash that killed his wife and son.

The jury on Thursday also found Reyes Barajas, 47, guilty of two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

On Sept. 3, 2012, Barajas was driving with his wife, Ann Marie, 39, and his son, Marco, 14, from Clearlake Oaks to Redwood City. Witnesses testified during the trial that Barajas was driving in excess of 75 mph on Highway 16 when he lost control of his car. An accident-reconstructionist with the California Highway Patrol's Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team testified that Barajas allowed his truck to drift off the right side of the road, and when he attempted to turn left, it caused the vehicle to roll, then fall down an embankment before coming to rest 20 feet below. Barajas' wife and son died as a result of the crash.

September 13, 2013
Sobriety checkpoint scheduled tonight in Sacramento

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint tonight at 16th and C streets.

Beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours, motorists traveling through the intersection will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will check for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, according to a Police Department news release.

Officers also will check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

Officials warn that anyone caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

September 3, 2013
Yuba City pedestrian injured in suspected DUI crash

A 60-year-old man suffered major injuries this morning when he was struck by a vehicle while walking along Lincoln Road in the Yuba City area.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Karemjit Randhawa was walking east on the south side of Lincoln Road approaching Sanborn Road about 8 a.m. James C. Marsh, 41, also of Yuba City, was driving a 2005 Mercedes westbound on Lincoln Road, approaching Sanborn Road.

Marsh failed to stop at the four-way controlled intersection and allowed his vehicle to veer left across the eastbound lane, directly into Randhawa's path. The front of the Mercedes struck Randhawa, who was thrown over the vehicle and onto the roadway, according to a CHP news release.

September 3, 2013
DUI crackdown results in 400 arrests in Sacramento County

An 18-day DUI crackdown has resulted in more than 400 arrests in Sacramento County.

The summer-Labor Day effort composed of sobriety checkpoints, special squad car saturation patrols and routine patrols resulted in at least 405 people being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs between Aug. 16 and Monday.

During a similar effort last year, 442 DUI arrests were made. No DUI deaths occurred this year, compared to five alcohol-related deaths in 2012.

A total of 17 county law enforcement agencies participated in the effort. Other anti-DUI crackdowns are planned for around Halloween and Thanksgiving.

August 29, 2013
Authorities announce DUI crackdown in Sacramento area for Labor Day weekend

Sacramento law enforcement officers will be out in full force during the long Labor Day weekend.

On Friday night, authorities will man a DUI checkpoint in Sacramento. For Saturday and Sunday evenings, several DUI patrols are planned for Citrus Heights, Folsom and unincorporated Sacramento County.

The California Highway Patrol is also deploying officers for DUI enforcement on freeways starting 6 p.m. Friday.

August 21, 2013
Off-duty CHP officer arrested for DUI in Olivehurst

After a civilian saw a man acting a little funny, CHP had to arrest one of their own for DUI, Fox40 reported.

August 10, 2013
Man arrested after short pursuit ends in car crash

By Kurt Chirbas
kchirbas@sacbee.com

A man was arrested by Sacramento police early Friday following a short pursuit that ended in a car crash.

At 1:44 a.m., a police officer pulled over Rafael Alvarado, 22, on suspicion of drunken driving near Folsom Boulevard and Notre Dame Drive. As the officer was about to exit his vehicle, Alvarado sped off in his vehicle, the Sacramento Police Department reported.

Alvarado drove west on Folsom Boulevard before losing control of his vehicle and crashing near 65th Street.

A short foot pursuit followed before officers took Alvarado into custody.

Alvarado was arrested on suspicion of felony evading a police officer-driving in a reckless manner and five misdemeanors, including driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at Sacramento County Main Jail.

August 5, 2013
Coroner identifies man killed in Woodland hit-and-run crash

A pedestrian who died this morning in Woodland after being struck by a vehicle that fled the scene has been identified by the Yolo County Coroner's Office as Douglas William Gatie, 53, of Woodland.

A 19-year-old man was located and arrested about an hour later, according to Woodland police.

At about 1 a.m., officers were dispatched to an injury collision on Main Street near Walnut Street. Medics pronounced Gatie dead at the scene. Mark Persons, a spokesman for the Coroner's Office, said Gatie died of multiple blunt force injuries.

August 2, 2013
Man draws 23-years-to-life sentence for deadly Yolo DUI crash

A man with two previous convictions for driving under the influence has been sentenced to 23 years to life in state prison as the driver a single-vehicle crash in which one person died and two others were seriously injured.

Ryan Baird was sentenced today by Yolo County Superior Court Judge Janet Gaard. A Yolo County jury in May convicted him of second-degree murder, with enhancements for great bodily injury to two other victims; gross vehicular manslaughter while under the influence, with two prior DUI convictions; and driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.08 causing injury, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.

On Jan. 6, 2012, Baird and three friends attended a barbecue at victim James Black's house to celebrate his 21st birthday. Baird, Black, Robert Sunderland III and Oscar Saeed Rodriguez had been drinking and got into Baird's 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

July 26, 2013
Hit-and-run driver who fled country headed to prison

A man who abandoned his vehicle following a hit-and-run crash, then reported the car stolen, has been sentenced to 13 years and eight months in prison.

Joseph Holyfield pleaded guilty to insurance fraud, hit and run with injury, driving under the influence causing injury and lying to a law enforcement officer, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. He also admitted to a previous "strike" conviction for attempted robbery.

On June 24, 2010, Holyfield was returning from boating with family and friends at Rollins Lake, and after consuming approximately 18 beers, officials said. Once home, he took his wife's BMW to meet his drug connection.

July 21, 2013
Wrong-way driver was Sacramento man, officers say

The driver who allegedly drove the wrong way on I-5 Saturday evening, causing two crashes and sending three people to the hospital, was identified as Anthony Sabala, 65, of Sacramento, said California Highway Patrol officials Sunday.

"He is facing charges of felony DUI," said Officer Lizz Dutton, spokeswoman for CHP, adding that he has been placed under arrest.

Sabala was listed in critical condition at UC Davis Medical Center Sunday.

At 7:20 p.m. Saturday, Sabala was allegedly driving the wrong way on Highway 99, when he crossed into the northbound lanes of I-5.

The driver of a northbound blue Honda saw Sabala's vehicle and swerved to the right, hitting a silver Mercedes SUV. Two people in the Honda, a man and a woman, were not hurt. The male driver of the SUV complained of pain, according to Dutton, and was taken to UC Davis Medical Center.

A white car behind the blue Honda then crashed head-on with Sabala's vehicle. Dutton said the 41-year-old male driver of the white vehicle was transported to UC Davis Medical Center.

The two crashes, which are being investigated separately, snarled traffic for about 45 minutes Saturday. It was not known where Sabala got onto Highway 99, or how far he traveled before he allegedly caused the accidents.

July 9, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to driver in 1980s crash that killed two teens?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: Back in I believe 1989, my best friend Stacie McDonough and another close friend Jodi Del Nero were both killed in a single-car accident on the Levy Road in Sacramento. Whatever happened to the driver of that vehicle? I remember he survived, but was he ever convicted in their deaths?
Submitted by: Wendy, Antelope

ANSWER: Lawrence Ervin Potts, then 18, was sentenced in February 1989 to eight years in prison after pleading no contest to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in connection with the fatal crash Sept. 3, 1988.

July 8, 2013
UPDATE: Yuba County wildfire reported contained, highway reopened

A section of Highway 20 near the Yuba County town of Smartsville has reopened to traffic after being closed due to a wildland fire.

The fire is now fully contained, with 73 acres burned, according to the Calfiornia Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire began near the town of Smartsville at Highway 20 and McGanney Lane, shortly before 10 a.m. Eastbound and westbound motorists were diverted onto lower and upper Smartsville Road, then back onto Highway 20 to avoid the fire area.

The California Department of Transportation reported that Highway 20 reopened about 7:30 p.m.

Caltrans updates are available on Twitter @D3PIO.

July 8, 2013
Sacramento officer narrowly avoids crash of truck into his patrol car

Marvin Albert, 54.JPGA Sacramento police officer at the side of the road on a traffic stop Sunday night nearly got hit by a driver whose truck plowed into his patrol car.

The officer was out of his police car near Executive Airport on the side of Freeport Boulevard at Kitchner Road about 9 p.m. The officer was speaking with the occupants of the pulled-over vehicle when he looked back just in time to see a truck heading toward his patrol car.

The officer jumped out of the way. The truck ran into the rear of the patrol car, which had its rear flashing lights activated at the time of the crash.

The officer suffered a minor injury. The driver of the truck, Marvin Lovell Albert, 54, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

July 5, 2013
Truckee bicyclist arrested for DUI after striking pedestrian

By Barbara Barte Osborn
Bee Correspondent

TRUCKEE -- A 24-year-old Truckee woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after her bicycle struck and seriously injured a pedestrian.

The bicyclist, Petra Bakker-Borhani, was uninjured and remained at the scene after the accident occurred, according to the release. She was booked into the Nevada County jail after authorities said she was operating the bicycle while under the influence of alcohol, the release said.

The accident occurred at 9:25 p.m. Thursday on Donner Pass Road along Donner Lake in Truckee, just as the community's annual fireworks show was about to begin.

June 27, 2013
Stepped-up enforcement on Lake Tahoe to target impaired boaters

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department's marine units will participate this weekend in Operation Dry Water, a nationwide campaign highlighting the risks and dangers of operating boats under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Stepped-up enforcement Friday through Sunday is intended to raise awareness in advance of the Fourth of July, according to a Police Department news release. Independence Day, falling on a Thursday this year, will kick off a four-day weekend for thousands of California boaters looking to spend time on the water with family and friends.

Officials warn that alcohol can impair a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time, and can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of immersion in cold water. Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion, all common to boating, also intensify the side effect of alcohol, drugs and some prescription medications.

June 19, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to state bureaucrat involved in fatal DUI crash?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: I can't remember the name of the man, but I think he was a lobbyist that was convicted of DUI in the death of several people one afternoon. What ended up happening to him?
Submitted by: Chelsea, Sacramento

ANSWER: A Sacramento County jury convicted Roberto P. Vellanoweth, a former state bureaucrat, of gross vehicular manslaughter in a collision that killed four people, including a 19-month-old boy, in March 2007.

June 16, 2013
Boy, 11, dies in crash at Northgate Boulevard and I-80

A 32-year-old woman suspected of driving under the influence is expected to face felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter counts when she is booked into the Sacramento County jail later today, a California Highway Patrol spokeswoman said.

Killed in the crash was one of three children riding in the woman's 2003 Suburban -- an 11-year-old boy who was ejected when the vehicle overturned on the ramp from Northgate Boulevard onto Interstate 80 west at 4:10 a.m., said CHP Officer Lizz Dutton.

Dutton said the motorist, Tyesha Garrett, is suspected of driving under the influence when she lost control of her 2003 Suburban while traveling south on Northgate Boulevard and entered the ramp. The boy died at UC Davis Medical Center.

June 13, 2013
Sacramento police plan Friday night sobriety checkpoint

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint Friday night on Del Paso Road near Five Star Way in North Natomas.

Beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours, uniformed officers will contact motorists traveling though the checkpoint looking for drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, according to a Police Department news release. Officers also will check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

Police warn that motorists caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance cost increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

June 4, 2013
Sobriety checkpoint scheduled Friday night in Rancho Cordova

By Darrell Smith
dvsmith@sacbee.com

Rancho Cordova police will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint from 7 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday in the city, police officials announced Tuesday.

Traffic officers will check motorists for signs of alcohol and drug impairment at the unspecified location and will check whether motorists are properly licensed.

Five people have been killed and 149 hurt in 55 injury crashes in Rancho Cordova in the past three years, according to Rancho Cordova police.

May 31, 2013
DUI patrols to target impaired drivers near Folsom Lake

Law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers near the Granite Bay access to Folsom Lake this weekend.

Placer County's DUI task force will deploy saturation patrols targeting people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the Beal's Point and Granite Bay areas. The patrols will be conducted from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The activity, part of the Avoid the 7 campaign, will involve officers from seven local law enforcement agencies: the California Highway Patrol; State Parks; Placer County Sheriff's Department; and the Auburn, Rocklin, Roseville and Lincoln police departments.

Officials urge drivers not to take the chance of being arrested for a drunken driving. Not only do motorists driving under the influence risk killing or injuring themselves or others, they also risk the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest. Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver's license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work and other expenses.

May 28, 2013
More than 100 arrested for DUI in Sacramento County over holiday

Sacramento County law enforcement arrested 104 motorists for driving under the influence over the long Memorial Day holiday.

From early Friday morning to late Monday night, officers from 17 jurisdictions kept a watchful eye for drunk drivers. One sobriety checkpoint was set up, two special saturation patrols were mounted and officers on routine patrol were especially attentive to the problem of drunk drivers.

During the 2012 Memorial Day weekend, 135 suspected drunk drivers were arrested. No DUI deaths were reported in Sacramento County either 2012 or 2013 Memorial Day weekend.

May 27, 2013
Two arrested in separate incidents after tangling with firefighters

David+Hawley,+29.jpgSacramento fire crews had to deal with more than fires and medical aid over the weekend.

Saturday night, a suspected drunken driver rear-ended a fire truck, and Sunday night police were called when firefighters responding to a fire were confronted by a man with a shotgun.

The Saturday night incident occurred about 11:42 p.m. in the 2100 block of J Street, in midtown Sacramento. According to the Police Department's daily activity log, officers were dispatched to assist Fire Department personnel in dealing with an individual who was combative.

Officers arrived to find a man, identified as David Hawley (pictured), 29, who had driven into the back of a fire truck. Police said an investigation indicated that Hawley accelerated from a red light, hit a taxi van, sideswiped another car and then slammed into the back of the fire truck, which was parked with its lights on while the crew dealt with an unrelated medical aid call.

Hawley reportedly got out of the car, walked up to fire personnel and began to struggle with them.

Police said the taxi driver and Hawley were injured in the collision.

Hawley was taken to a hospital, then booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence with injury, driving when his license had been suspended or revoked for DUI, being a habitual traffic offender, and hit and run with property damage. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Sunday, police were dispatched shortly after 9 p.m. to assist firefighters who had been called to extinguish a fire in a backyard in the 1400 block of Birchwood Lane in the South Land Park area, where they were confronted by a neighboring property owner armed with a shotgun.

According to the police log, the neighbor came out of his house with the shotgun and began threatening a firefighter. The man eventually put down the gun but then went up to the firefighter and yelled insults. The man, identified as Richard Stevenson, 61, appeared to be intoxicated, police said, and allegedly made comments about defending his neighborhood. When he began walking back to his house and his shotgun, firefighters took him to the ground and waited for police to arrive.

Stevenson, who police said suffered minor injuries, was transported to a hospital, where he was cited by officers and released.

May 21, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to drunken driver who struck pedestrian?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What happened to the man that hit a pedestrian, not in the crosswalk, on Northgate a few years ago and killed the young man?
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Submitted by: Mind Wondering, Sacramento

ANSWER: Vincent Alfred Velasquez, who struck and killed a teenager on Northgate Boulevard in February 2011, entered no contest pleas to driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license.

May 14, 2013
Driver guilty of second-degree murder in crash near Woodland

A Yolo County jury has found a Sacramento man guilty of second-degree murder in the death of a passenger in the vehicle he was driving in January 2012.

The jury also convicted 23-year-old Ryan Scott Baird of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated with two prior convictions for driving under the influence, driving under the influence causing injury and driving with blood alcohol at or above .08 causing injury, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release. Killed in the crash was Robert Sunderland III.

In addition, the jury found Baird guilty of enhancements for causing great bodily injury to Oscar Saeed Rodriguez, causing great bodily injury with a coma to James Black and causing injury to multiple victims.

May 14, 2013
Woman pleads no contest in DUI death of 6-year-old boy

A woman driving under the influence of methamphetamine and other drugs who ran over and killed a 6-year-old boy walking to school last year and injured his 8-year-old brother pleaded no contest today to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Tresa Bales-Sterba, who was 52 at the time of the fatal Oct. 5 collision, is facing a maximum term of 15 years in state prison. She will be sentenced July 15 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurel D. White.

Prosecutors said Bales-Sterba ran a red light while speeding through an intersection in Citrus Heights at Mariposa Avenue and Greenback Lane. According to police reports, Bales-Sterba's Chrysler 300 hit a Chevrolet Suburban and then spun into Henry Perez-Rocha and his big brother Juan. Henry died Jan. 16 at UC Davis Medical Center. Juan was released from the hospital four days after the wreck.

The two boys were walking in the crosswalk with their mother to Skycrest Elementary School at the time of the collision.


May 8, 2013
By the numbers: Folsom DUI checkpoint nets two suspected impaired drivers

Folsom police released the results of last Friday's drunk driver checkpoint.

Last Friday's checkpoint was conducted from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at East Bidwell Street and Orchard Drive. The results:

• 752 vehicles screened

• 2 DUI-alcohol suspects arrested

• 3 drivers cited or arrested for operating a vehicle without a valid license

• 1 arrested on other criminal charges

• 6 citations issued

April 29, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What's up with DUI suspect previously sentenced for fatal crash?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: Why don't you do a story about Brian Mays? He killed somebody in 2007, only received a two-year sentence. Now he is back in Sacramento, was arrested again for DUI, then released on bail and is a no show.
Submitted by: Dennis H., Sacramento

ANSWER: Brian James Mays pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the January 2007 death of 48-year-old Janusz Porembski of Sacramento.

April 29, 2013
W. Sacramento checkpoint nets one suspected DUI

A drunken driving checkpoint in West Sacramento was a busy place on Friday night.

The checkpoint was conducted at Harbor Boulevard and Duluth Street. Here are the stats from police Lt. Tod Sockman, division commander:

• A total of 522 cars came through the checkpoint.

• Four citations were issued for unlicensed driving.

• Four field sobriety checks were conducted.

• There was one DUI arrest

• One car was towed.

April 21, 2013
Suspected DUI motorist in crash flees with light pole on roof, cops say

Christopher Glover.jpgAn early morning car crash in Greenhaven took a wild turn when the driver reportedly nearly missed striking a police officer, and then led officers on a brief chase with the pole and a street sign still perched on the top of the car, Sacramento police said.

Officers responded to a call about a vehicle colliding with a city light pole in the 6700 block of Greenhaven Drive about 1 a.m. They found the car with the driver still seated inside and the pole lying across the top of the vehicle, police said.

The driver first attempted to get out of the passenger door, then got back into the driver's seat and tried to drive away, officer said. The car backed into the parked patrol car, and an officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit, police reports said.

April 19, 2013
Former Sacramento police officer will serve a year in jail for falsifying reports

A former Sacramento police officer was sentenced today to one year in jail for falsifying drunken driving reports and lying at a state Department of Motor Vehicles administrative hearing.

Brandon Michael Mullock, 27, was sentenced to five years in prison, but Judge Patrick Marlette suspended that sentence and instead ordered that Mullock serve one year in county jail in order to get five years of probation. If he violates the terms of his probation, he will be forced to serve the prison sentence.

Mullock was taken into custody at the conclusion of this morning's hearings as his family members wept in the audience.

In March, Mullock entered no-contest pleas on four felony charges.

Authorities began their investigation into Mullock after defense attorneys in drunken driving cases reported in 2010 that some of the visuals taken from the officer's in-car patrol videos did not match up with the written reports he prepared.

Defense lawyers also complained that some of the testimony Mullock gave at DMV driver's license revocation hearings strayed from the video evidence.

As a result of the discrepancies, prosecutors were forced to dismiss 79 cases involving Mullock, District Attorney Jan Scully told reporters at a May 2011 news conference, before criminal charges were filed against Mullock in the case.

The DA's Office already had obtained convictions in 73 of those cases before it was forced to dump them, according to prosecutors.

At today's sentencing, Judge Patrick Marlette said that he was particularly disturbed by how Mullock's actions threatened the integrity of the criminal justice system and violated due process of the accused.

Mullock's lawyers argued that their client didn't act with malice. They said his intentions were good: he wanted drunken drivers off the streets. Mullock, they noted, was remorseful for his actions.

April 12, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to driver in crash at Folsom Lake Bowl?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What happened to the person in the Folsom Lake Bowl car accident a year or two ago?
Submitted by: Dave, Folsom

ANSWER: Tera Lee Nicholson of Folsom was arrested Jan. 10, 2012 after her car barreled through the bar patio at Folsom Lake Bowl on East Bidwell Street, injuring five people.

March 16, 2013
CHP, local law enforcers on alert for drunken drivers on St. Patrick's Day

By Tony Bizjak
tbizjak@sacbee.com

The California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies report they will be on special alert on St. Patrick's Day for drunken drivers.

More than 300 people were arrested for DUI last year statewide, CHP officials said. They and state Office of Traffic Safety representatives advise people who will be drinking Sunday to designate one member of their party as a non-drinking driver. They also suggest taking a taxi or calling a sober friend or family member to pick you up.

Drivers who see a suspected drunken driver can call 911 to report the vehicle.

March 5, 2013
Woman arrested for DUI after hitting Sacramento patrol car

A Sacramento police officer in South Sacramento last night arrested a woman who hit the back of his patrol car.

While stopped at a red light at Mack Road and Center Parkway, the officer's patrol vehicle was rear-ended. The driver, Celia Gonzalez, 20, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to police.

No injuries were reported and damage to the patrol car was minimal, police said.

February 23, 2013
South Lake Tahoe man killed after being struck by SUV

A man is dead after being hit by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol, South Lake Tahoe police said.

The fatality occurred Friday evening shortly before 7 p.m. in the 2600 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd., when a 51-year-old male pedestrian was crossing the street and was struck by a black SUV, authorities said. Emergency personnel transported the unconscious man to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police are not releasing his name at this time.

The driver of the SUV, Gregory Stearns, 49, of South Lake Tahoe was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and with a suspended license, according to reports. Police are still investigating the incident but said the pedestrian may have also been intoxicated.

February 23, 2013
Man arrested on suspicion of DUI after leading police on chase

A man allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol was arrested after he led police on a chase, authorities said.

While Citrus Heights police were conducting a DUI checkpoint on Friday at Greenback Lane and Birdcage Drive, officers noticed a reckless driver around Sayonara and San Simeon Drives, according to reports.

Police attempted to stop the driver, but he refused to stop. The suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Michael Ballard, allegedly led police on a chase toward the DUI checkpoint, driving the wrong way on Greenback Lane and striking the center divider.

Ballard's vehicle eventually became disabled, and he fled on foot, police said. Moments later, he was apprehended and arrested on suspicion of multiple violations, including driving under the influence.

February 22, 2013
Grant to promote aggressive DUI prosecution in El Dorado County

Motorists arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in El Dorado County will face specially trained prosecutors, thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

The $313,325 grant to the District Attorney's Office will fund a "vertical prosecution" team that will work on DUI cases from arrest through sentencing, according to District Attorney's Office news release.

"The new vertical prosecution team will aggressively investigate and prosecute the most serious DUIs in our county in order to properly punish DUI offenders, and ultimately, to save lives and make the roads a little safer for the residents of El Dorado County," District Attorney Vern Pierson said in written statement.

February 20, 2013
DUI suspected in fatal weekend crash on Garden Highway

The California Highway Patrol believes that alcohol may have played a part in a crash that killed a Sacramento driver.

Joshua C. Hanson, 37, was driving on the Garden Highway about a mile west of Power Line Road about 8 p.m. Saturday when he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. His pickup truck traveled down a grassy embankment, hit metal gate posts and then overturned several times.

The truck then struck a tree and came to rest on the passenger side. Hanson was taken to UC Davis Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Two passengers suffered minor-to-moderate injuries. Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash, according to a CHP press release.

January 25, 2013
Drunk driver checkpoint scheduled for Natomas

A drunk driver checkpoint will be in place tonight in Natomas.

Sacramento police will be conducting the checkpoint on Truxel Road near Bannon Creek Drive beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing for about six hours.

Officers will be looking for drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs. They will also checking to see if drivers have a valid license.

The goal of the checkpoint is to "promote public safety, increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving and serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers," according to a police press release.

January 25, 2013
Sobriety checkpoint planned tonight in South Natomas

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver license checkpoint tonight in the South Natomas area.

Beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours, motorists traveling on Truxel Road near Bannon Creek Drive will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will check for alcohol or drug-impaired drivers. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, according to a Police Department news release.

Motorists caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, police said.

January 7, 2013
Crash into power pole in Linda begins man's legal troubles

Allegedly abandoning his crashed pickup got one young man in Linda more than a DUI.

The California Highway Patrol reported that an officer was dispatched about 3 a.m. this morning to Alicia Avenue in the Yuba County community of Linda where a Ford 150 truck had hit a power pole, knocking out electricity in the area.

The driver was nowhere to be seen. Officers eventually located the suspected driver, Aldo Ivan Marcial, 21, in an apartment not far from the crash.

He was booked into Yuba County jail on suspicion of hit and run, driving under the influence, driving without a license and delaying or obstructing an investigation.

December 28, 2012
New Year's enforcement effort targets impaired drivers

New Year's revelers are reminded to designate a non-drinking driver before heading out to celebrations.

The California Highway Patrol's New Year's maximum enforcement period began at 6 this evening and will continue through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

The increased enforcement effort follows a similar one during the recent Christmas holiday. During that 102-hour reporting period in California, 39 people were killed in collisions and CHP officers arrested 1,170 drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a CHP news release.

November 29, 2012
Mother riding with child booked on suspicion of DUI in Sacramento crash

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Patricia Hemenway, 27, hit the parked car about 6 p.m. Wednesday near Riverside Boulevard and Broadway in the Land Park area. When officers arrived they determined that Hemenway was DUI.

Her 5-year-old son, riding in her car at the time of the crash, received minor injuries, according to a police log.

In addition to being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Hemenway was also arrested for suspicion of child endangerment, police said.

PHOTO CAPTION: Patricia Hemenway

October 25, 2012
Davis police to step up Halloween enforcement

Davis police officials say they will be deploying extra officers in an effort to decrease drunk or impaired driving on Halloween.

"Local revelers should be aware that their Halloween disguises won't make them invisible to the police, sheriff or CHP officers who will crack down on drunk and drug impaired drivers throughout the region with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort," said Davis Police Chief Landy Black in a news release.

Police officials advise revelers to plan a safe way home.

October 10, 2012
Boy, 6, remains in coma, older brother released after car struck both
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By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

Little Juan Perez-Rocha (above, right) is finally out of the hospital, but he keeps wanting to go back.

That's where his little brother, 6-year-old Henry (above, left), remains, still slumbering in a coma that set in when the two boys were struck by a car while walking to school Friday morning.

Eight-year-old Juan seems to understand what's going on around him, said the boys' aunt, Candice Perez, and he wants to be there for his brother.

September 26, 2012
Driver accused in fatal hit-and-run in Carmichael charged with murder

The suspected drunk driver who killed a man, seriously injured his girlfriend and killed her four dogs in a July hit-and-run in Carmichael has been charged with murder.

Prosecutors filed the murder charge in Sacramento Superior Court this morning, when Paul William Walden appeared for a hearing on the nine charges he originally faced in connection with the collision.

According to authorities, Walden, 31, was driving drunk and with a suspended license July 19 when he struck the couple as they walked in a crosswalk at Engle and Garfield roads. He did not stop, authorities allege.

September 6, 2012
Driver arrested in June crash that killed Folsom resident

Ryan Young 577106_518052324877815_457029988_n.jpgA former Folsom resident has been arrested in connection with a fatal collision in June.

Ryan Young (pictured), 35, was arrested Wednesday night on a warrant for vehicular manslaughter and drugged impaired driving, according to a Folsom Police Department news release.

About 11:15 a.m. June 3, Young was driving a Honda van northbound on Blue Ravine Road north of Riley Street when he crossed over the double yellow lines and collided with a southbound Toyota driven by 50-year-old Keven Carmichael of Folsom, authorities said.

September 5, 2012
Davis man sentenced in DUI crash that left teenager in coma

A 29-year-old Davis man has been sentenced to eight years in state prison for causing great bodily injury while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Rogelio Cardenas Sanchez pleaded no contest to the charge in June and was sentenced last week by Yolo Superior Court Judge Paul Richardson.

On May 19, a Winters man was driving with his teenage daughter after visiting his wife in the hospital. They were en route to a graduation party for one of the daughter's friends when Sanchez ran a stop sign and crashed into the passenger side the victim's car where the daughter was seated.

The young woman suffered major trauma. She was airlifted from the crash scene and later went into a coma, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release. Officials said she remains in a coma and is on a feeding tube.

August 31, 2012
Sacramento police schedule weekend sobriety checkpoints

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct two sobriety and driver's license checkpoints this weekend in an effort to keep impaired drivers off the road.

This first will be held Saturday night at Northgate Boulevard and Patio Drive in the South Natomas area. The second is scheduled Sunday night at Arden and Challenge ways near Arden Fair mall.

Checkpoint operations will begin at 8 p.m. each evening and continue for five to seven hours.

August 31, 2012
Drunk driving checkpoints planned in Davis and Citrus Heights

Drunk driving checkpoints are planned in Citrus Heights and Davis during the long Labor Day weekend.

The Citrus Heights checkpoint begins tonight at 7 p.m. and continues to 3 a.m. Saturday at a still-undisclosed location. Officers at the checkpoint will also check to see if motorists have proper driver's licenses.

Officers from a variety of Yolo County jurisdictions will be conducting a drunk driving checkpoint in Davis from 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday. Exact location of the checkpoint has not been released.

Participating officers include Woodland police, Davis police, Winters police, Yolo County sheriff's deputies and the California Highway Patrol.

August 29, 2012
CHP out in force during Labor Day weekend

The California Highway Patrol will be out in force from Friday night through Monday looking for drunk drivers and speeding vehicles. The CHP averages about 1,500 arrests for drunk or drugged driving every Labor Day enforcement period.

Last year, during the Labor Day weekend, 29 people were killed in traffic crashes in California. Some died because they didn't buckle up.

"It is disheartening to know that 19 people lost their lives last Labor Day weekend as a result of not wearing their seat belt," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.

A company serving the Sacramento region is ready to drive people to and from backyard beer and barbecue this Labor Day weekend.

For $26.95 an hour, with no restrictions on distance, number of stops and how long the party goes, Driver Please is in business to take the client in their own car to the party and return them home.

Driver Please, based in Roseville, provides screened drivers who drive the client in their own car to special events, the airport and other destinations. The driving services is also an option for seniors who can't drive anymore. Driver Please is at (877) 687-3748.

On Labor Day, Driver Please owner Mike Dumke said in a press release, his drivers provide a way to get home safely after drinking - during a crackdown on drunk driving.

August 24, 2012
Agencies step up DUI checkpoints, patrols this weekend

Law enforcement agencies are continuing their summer/Labor Day campaign to keep impaired drivers off the road, with sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols scheduled this weekend in the Sacramento region.

The campaign began Aug. 17 and runs through Labor Day. Through midnight Thursday, officers representing 17 law enforcement agencies in Sacramento County reported a total of 132 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In Placer County, officers representing seven agencies arrested 23 individuals for driving under the influence through midnight Wednesday, according to a news release. No DUI-related deaths were reported in either county since the campaign began last week.

A sobriety checkpoint is scheduled tonight in the city of Sacramento as the second week of the campaign gets under way. Extra DUI saturation patrols will be deployed in the cities of Folsom and Elk Grove tonight and in Citrus Heights and Elk Grove on Saturday night. Extra patrols also will be deployed in Elk Grove on Sunday night.

August 17, 2012
Agencies launch summer crackdown on impaired drivers

Law enforcement agencies throughout the Sacramento region have launched a summer campaign to crack down on impaired drivers.

The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" anti-DUI campaign began today and will continue through the Labor Day weekend. During that period officers in various jurisdictions will conduct sobriety and driver's license checkpoints as well as roving patrols targeting motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The statewide campaign, led by the California Office of Traffic Safety, is intended to heighten public awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to deter people from driving under the influence.

July 31, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was deputy DA prosecuted for DUI?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: A deputy district attorney in El Dorado County was arrested last year for driving under the influence. What was the outcome of that case?
Submitted by: Anonymous, Sacramento

ANSWER: Deputy District Attorney Gloria Mas was arrested in the early afternoon of July 25, 2011, at the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office after witnesses said she drove into the parking lot there, appearing to be intoxicated.

July 26, 2012
Folsom nitrous oxide driver pleads no contest in deaths of two

A man who killed two people in a car crash in Folsom earlier this year while he was driving under the influence of nitrous oxide pleaded no contest today in Sacramento Superior Court.

Michael Dean Sharp, 22, is likely to be sentenced to nine years and eight months in state prison as a result of the plea he entered in front of Judge Geoffrey A. Goodman.

The judge scheduled Sharp's sentencing for Aug. 31.

July 26, 2012
Sacramento checkpoint nets three for suspected DUI

Sacramento police have released statistics from a drunk driver checkpoint earlier this week that shows they contacted more than 1,200 motorists.

The late night checkpoint Tuesday at Five Star Way and Del Paso Road near Power Balance Pavilion resulted in 1,204 vehicles contacted, 49 citations issued, six drivers screened for possible drunk driving and three arrested for suspicion of DUI.

In addition, according to a police activity log, Elijah Odums, 22, was arrested on suspicion of having a loaded gun and various vehicle code violations. Police say that an officer working the DUI checkpoint tried to stop Odums' vehicle.

Police allege he was driving at a high speed and tried to avoid the checkpoint. Odums, police said, eventually ran from his vehicle and was arrested.

July 24, 2012
Sobriety checkpoint scheduled tonight in North Natomas

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint tonight at Del Paso Road and Five Star Way in the North Natomas area.

Beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours, motorists traveling through the intersection will be stopped by uniformed officers who will check for drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs. They will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety, increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and to deter potential impaired and unlicensed drivers, officials said.

Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

July 5, 2012
Officials report 14 DUI arrests in Sacramento County during holiday enforcement period

Fourteen people were arrested in Sacramento County on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during stepped-up enforcement activities over the Independence Day holiday.

The arrests, which occurred between 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and midnight Wednesday, were carried out as part of a campaign by 17 law enforcement agencies within the county to keep impaired drivers off the road.

No DUI deaths occurred in Sacramento County during this year's holiday enforcement period, but authorities reported a major injury collision involving a suspected drunken driver. The driver allegedly reached speeds up to 140 mph while being chased by California Highway Patrol officers. The driver exited Highway 50 at Bradshaw Road, then tried to get back on the highway going eastbound before slamming into a sport-utility vehicle on the ramp, according to a news release. Five people were taken to the hospital. They included the suspect's passenger, who suffered major facial and head injuries, authorities said.

July 3, 2012
Sobriety checkpoint set on eve of Independence Day festivities

To encourage a safe and sober celebration of Independence Day, the Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint tonight at Howe and University avenues.

Beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing for up to seven hours, uniformed officers will contact motorists traveling through the intersection to check for alcohol- or drug-impaired drivers. Officers also will check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety, increase awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, and to deter potentially impaired or unlicensed drivers.

Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

July 3, 2012
Elk Grove police: Father arrested for drunken driving after daughter takes to wheel

Elk Grove police arrested a father for drunken driving who they said allowed his 10-year-old daughter to drive his vehicle while seated on his lap.

Officers were called about 10:30 a.m. Saturday to the area near Mykonos Way and Freitag Way on a report of a girl driving a vehicle. Once they arrived, officers saw a girl sitting on her father's lap while driving.

Police said the adult showed signs of impairment when stopped. The father refused to comply with instructions, resisted handcuffing and had to be taken to the ground for officers to gain control, according to a police watch summary.

Police said Kenneth Grau, 55, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, child endangerment and resisting arrest.

June 29, 2012
Sobriety checkpoint set tonight in south Sacramento County

The California Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint tonight at 47th Avenue and Steiner Drive in the south area of Sacramento County.

The checkpoint will begin operations about 9 p.m. and continue for about five hours.

CHP officers will control traffic at the intersection to evaluate the sobriety of drivers passing through the checkpoint and hand out literature warning of the dangers of drinking and driving.

June 21, 2012
Elk Grove police to run sobriety checkpoint Saturday

The Elk Grove Police Department will operate a sobriety checkpoint this Saturday between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. Officers will check passing drivers for signs of intoxication and for proper licensing at an undisclosed location in Elk Grove.

Well-publicized sobriety checkpoints are a way for police departments to remind motorists not to drink and drive. When they are conducted regularly, the frequency of wrecks involving alcohol can drop by as much as 20 percent, according to a press release from the department.

A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will fund this weekend's checkpoint.

June 13, 2012
Lodi DUI checkpoint planned for this weekend

A DUI and Driver's License checkpoint will be in an undisclosed Lodi location June 15 between 6:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.

The Lodi Police Department reported they will check for signs of alcohol impairment, drug impairment and proper licensing. Drivers who appear to be under the influence will be subjected to a field sobriety test.

Officers warned that if people fail their field sobriety tests, they should be prepared to face jail, vehicle storage fees, license suspensions, insurance rate increases, fines, fees and DUI classes. The total cost could exceed $10,000.

June 4, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Who was driver killed on way home from opera?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: In the early 2000s, there was an accident at Fair Oaks Boulevard and Watt Avenue. It was a Tuesday evening and a woman was returning from the opera. She was hit by a woman drunk driver and was killed. The drunk driver had hit some cars previously at Fair Oaks and Arden. Who was the woman killed and what happened to the drunk driver?
Submitted by: Chris, Sacramento

ANSWER: Sima Spector, a retired schoolteacher and prominent leader in the Sacramento Jewish community, was killed March 1, 2006 when the vehicle she was driving was struck at the intersection of Fair Oaks Boulevard and Watt Avenue by a vehicle that ran a red light.

June 2, 2012
Woman arrested for DUI after multiple Sacramento collisions

By Carlos Alcalá
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Police arrested a woman Friday who allegedly drove erratically, hit two vehicles, a tree, a traffic signal and a pedestrian while driving from Highway 50 at 65th Street to Fair Oaks Boulevard and Howe Avenue.

Police were called at about 2:30 p.m. regarding a possible drunk driver.

A witness followed the driver from the highway, saying she hit another vehicle and was nearly hit head on when she drifted into oncoming traffic on the J Street bridge.

May 30, 2012
Former Sacramento police officer ordered to stand trial

A former Sacramento police officer accused of filing false police reports and then lying about it has been ordered to stand trial.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette issued the holding order Tuesday on Brandon Michael Mullock, 27, on 23 counts of filing false police reports and 11 counts of perjury.

Marlette ordered Mullock back into court on June 8 to set a trial date.

May 29, 2012
Holiday weekend DUI arrests up from last year; no area deaths reported

Sacramento area law enforcement agencies report that arrests for driving under the influence during the Memorial Day weekend were up this year, but no deaths were attributed to drugged or drunken drivers.

From 12:01 a.m. Friday through midnight Monday, officers representing 17 county law enforcement agencies arrested 137 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a news release. In 2011, 74 DUI arrests occurred during the Memorial Day weekend. No deaths were reported during the four-day special enforcement period this year, compared with one alcohol-related death last year, officials said.

Special enforcement activities included a sobriety checkpoint and a DUI saturation patrol. Officers on routine patrol also focused on impaired drivers.

May 28, 2012
DUI arrests double in Sacramento County this weekend

By Edward Ortiz
eortiz@sacbee.com

A Sacramento County-wide crackdown for the Memorial Day weekend has resulted in the arrest of 111 individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs since Friday, authorities said. That number is a significant rise in arrests compared to the 55 DUI arrests made in 2011 during the same period.

The holiday weekend crackdown is being enforced by 17 county law enforcement agencies and the crackdown will continue through midnight Monday.

No alcohol-related driving fatalities have been reported this weekend, said Officer Brian Fritsch of the Citrus Heights Police Department, one of the agencies participating in the crackdown. Last year one alcohol-related fatality was reported.

The crackdown in Sacramento County netted the second-most DUI arrests statewide among the law enforcement agencies participating in the holiday crackdown. Orange County's crackdown resulted in 135 DUI arrests, so far, since Friday.

May 18, 2012
Sobriety checkpoint planned Saturday in Meadowview area

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint at Meadowview Road and Amherst Street in the Meadowview area Saturday night.

Beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours, motorists traveling through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will check for drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. They also will check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

The checkpoint it intended to promote public safety, increase awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, and to serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.

Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

May 12, 2012
If you drink, don't drive into a Sacramento police car

Sacramento police responded to an unspecified call for service in the 7200 block of Greenhaven Drive before 5 a.m. today.

While police were there, a person unrelated to the original call backed into the patrol vehicle, causing minor damage, accord to the Sacramento activity log.

The driver was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for driving under the influence.

The suspect's name was not released.

May 11, 2012
Del Paso Heights sobriety checkpoint planned for Saturday

Sacramento police say they will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint at Marysville Boulevard and Harris Avenue in Del Paso Heights on Saturday.

The checkpoint, during which officers will check for drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol, is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. and run for five to seven hours.

Officials say 791 Californians were killed as a result of alcohol-impaired driving in 2010.

May 9, 2012
Probation Department reports 19 arrests in program targeting habitual DUI offenders

Nineteen people with convictions for driving under the influence were arrested last month following a special Sacramento County Probation Department operation aimed at habitual DUI offenders.

The department's DUI Supervision and Enforcement Program targets high-risk, repeat DUI offenders to see whether they are driving illegally.

Of the 76 individuals observed, the Probation Department reported:

May 8, 2012
Hearing begins on Sacramento DUI officer accused of perjury

The preliminary hearing for a former Sacramento police officer accused of falsifying DUI reports began today with the prosecutor focusing on the first of 24 examples that are expected to come out over the next three weeks.

Deputy District Attorney Chris Carlson played the in-car camera video of Officer Brandon Mullock's Jan. 9, 2010, late-night traffic stop at 16th and I streets in downtown Sacramento and contrasted it with the police report of the arrest.

The key discrepancies that came out over the stop appeared to be the timing of when Mullock's administered his preliminary alcohol screening of the motorist. He said in his report that he waited 16 minutes. The car camera clock put the timing at four minutes and 26 seconds. Sacramento police officers are trained to wait 15 minutes before giving what amounts to a field breathalyzer test.

May 5, 2012
MADD recognizes El Dorado County deputy

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El Dorado County Sheriff's Deputy Bryan Payne will be recognized June 2 by Mothers Against Drunk Driving at the organization's annual awards event in Sacramento.

Payne was named April 25 as a recipient of the MADD 23152 Pin and a California Office of Traffic Safety commemorative badge.

The number is the California vehicle code section for driving under the influence.

Payne, with the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office for nearly four years, arrested 56 people for DUI in 2011, working out of the South Lake Tahoe Office.

May 5, 2012
Driver fails in attempt to avoid DUI checkpoint officers

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Sacramento police officers conducting a sobriety checkpoint at Broadway and 65th Street Friday night noticed one driver turning and speeding away before reaching the checkpoint.

The driver was found, however, after he hit another vehicle and was followed by the victim to a gas station near 14th Avenue and Stockton Boulevard.

Police responding to that call attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop until hitting a curb at 12th Avenue and 37th Street.

May 5, 2012
American River boater booked for DUI

Boat patrol officers stopped a ski boat on the American River Friday afternoon, after seeing it speeding in a no-wake zone with a passenger riding unsafely on the gunwale, Sacramento police reported.

The driver, Nicholas Torson, was arrested for operating a vessel under the influence.

His boat, truck and trailer were all towed because all his passengers were too intoxicated to take custody of them.

It was later determined that registrations were expired on both Torson's truck and his boat.

May 5, 2012
DUI checkpoint planned for south Sacramento

California Highway Patrol officers will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in unincorporated south Sacramento tonight, officials announced.

The checkpoint near 47th Avenue and Steiner Drive will be operational by 9 p.m. and will continue until 2 a.m. Sunday.

Officers slow traffic to evaluate driving safety and hand out materials warning against drinking and driving.

May 3, 2012
Checkpoint, special patrols target impaired drivers in Elk Grove

The Elk Grove Police Department announced that it will conduct a sobriety checkpoint and several special patrols this month as part of a program aimed at keeping impaired drivers off the road.

A sobriety/driver's license checkpoint is to be conducted from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. May 18 at an undisclosed location within the city limits. Roving DUI saturation patrols also will be deployed from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. every weekend in May.

Over the past three years, people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs have resulted in 78 crashes in Elk Grove, claiming the lives of eight people and injuring 110, according to a Police Department news release.

May 1, 2012
Bus driver in crash accused of driving under influence of prescription drug

A 52-year-old Pride Industries transit bus driver was arrested this morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of a prescription drug after the vehicle she was driving ran off the highway in Olivehurst.

Ellen Kay Enright of Olivehurst was northbound on Highway 65 at northbound Highway 70 at 7:45 a.m. transporting a passenger who uses a wheelchair. Because of her alleged altered level of consciousness, Enright allowed the bus to weave back and forth on the roadway, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. The bus left the pavement and struck a roadway sign on the right dirt shoulder, officials said. The vehicle then glanced off a tree and continued short distance before Enright brought it to a stop.

Neither Enright nor her passenger, a 24-year-old woman from Wheatland, was injured.

May 1, 2012
Cops to be out in force on Cinco de Mayo to halt DUI

Saturation patrols on surface streets and Sacramento freeways are scheduled for Cinco de Mayo.

The deploying of saturation patrols to cut down on drunk driving begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. Friends gather to celebrate the Mexican holiday with barbecues, beer and margaritas, but be careful after the party ends, warned law enforcement.

"Everyone, including hosts, local bars and restaurants must be sure to promote designated sober drivers in advance, before the festivities begin," said Citrus Heights Police Chief Chris Boyd.

The greatest number of DUI deaths and injuries occur late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, according to a press release from the police department.

May 1, 2012
Lodi robbery victim and suspected robbers end up in jail

A robbery victim ended up being arrested in Lodi after he helped police catch the culprits who he said held him up at gunpoint.

Humberto Ramos, 42, telephoned police as he followed two men who he said held him up with a firearm in the 400 block of East Locust Street. He told police that he was following the two men who were on bikes.

Police eventually made contact with him on Central Avenue. The English-speaking officers were unable to understand the Spanish-speaking Ramos until he said "Follow me."

He then made a u-turn and made his way to where Adam Ramirez, 29, and Victor Alvarado, 23, were riding down the middle of Vine Street.

It was at that point that police said Ramos used his vehicle to hit Ramirez, causing him to fall off his bike. Both suspected bike-riding robbers were taken into custody.

April 27, 2012
Man with history of DUI indicted in South Lake Tahoe death

A man with multiple convictions for driving under the influence has been indicted for murder in the September death of a South Lake Tahoe man.

An El Dorado County criminal grand jury on Thursday returned an indictment against Larry L. Halverson, 60, charging him with murder and other offenses in connection with the death 51-year-old Patrick Purnell, according to an El Dorado County District Attorney's Office news release. Purnell died when he was struck by a car driven by Halverson, who investigators allege was under the combined influence of alcohol and cocaine at the time.

Halverson did not immediately stop but returned to the scene later. At the time, authorities said, his driver's license was both revoked and suspended for prior DUI convictions.

April 27, 2012
MADD recognizes vigilant DUI arrest efforts of Sacramento officers

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Nineteen Sacramento police officers have received awards from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.

For their superior enforcement efforts in stemming drunk driving MADD handed out awards to officers Luis Canela, Stephen Chipp, Christopher Clatterbuck, William Conner, Tim Davis, Deo Farrales, Curtis Gates, Ethan Hanson, Amber Hawley, Ken Leonard, Marcel Loriaux, Tim Monelo, Daniel Morlan, Nvard Msryan, Christina O'Shea, Christopher Swift, Andrew Stewart, Keri Wilson and Sgt. Chris Prince.

Officers Chipp and Clatterbuck were also recognized for their outstanding performance in the "Avoid the 17" campaign, a partnership of 17 law enforcement agencies in the county that combined to fight DUI driving and enforce traffic-related laws.

April 24, 2012
Nitrous oxide DUI suspect to face vehicular manslaughter trial

A 22-year-old Folsom man who allegedly was driving under the influence of nitrous oxide when he crossed into oncoming traffic in a collision that killed two men was ordered by a judge today to stand trial on two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter.

Michael Dean Sharp's trial in the Jan. 7 deaths of the brothers Christopher Stephen Ohlander Martell, 37, and Robert Todd Ohlander, 32, was set for July 26 by Sacramento Superior Court judge Greta Curtis Fall.

According to testimony at today's preliminary hearing, Sharp had purchased 50 "whip-it" cannisters of nitrous oxide at a Folsom smoke shop, cracked one into a balloon and inhaled it while driving southbound on Folsom Boulevard.

April 23, 2012
Woman arrested on suspicion of DUI in El Dorado Hills crash

The California Highway Patrol is continuing its investigation into a Saturday night roll-over crash in El Dorado Hills in which the driver suffered major injuries after being ejected from the vehicle.

The crash occurred shortly after 8 p.m. on Francisco Drive near Marina Park Drive. Liza Lombardi, 20, of El Dorado Hills was driving a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder. As she approached a slightly curved portion of the roadway, she failed to negotiate the curve. Her vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a roadway sign, a large boulder and two property fences before overturning several times and coming to rest on its side in the backyard of a residence, according to a CHP news release.

Authorities said Lombardi was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. She suffered major injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Roseville.

Although hospitalized, Lombardi has been arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, according to the CHP.

April 21, 2012
DUI suspected in fatal crash involving Olivehurst, Marysville teens

A 16-year-old Olivehurst boy was killed early today when the car in which he was a passenger overturned after going off the road in West Linda, striking a pole and a parked vehicle, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The car's driver, another 16-year-old, from Marysville, was arrested in connection with the crash.

No identities were released because of their ages.

April 18, 2012
Fraternities and sororities pledge to help prevent alcohol-marred Picnic Day

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Members of fraternities and sororities at UC Davis have signed a pledge this year designed to curb out-of-control drinking on Picnic Day this Saturday.

Among the points in the 10-point covenant signed by 51 of 75 Greek organizations are pledges not to serve alcohol before noon and refraining from drinking games.

"The covenant demonstrates that we are doing our part," said Matt Chemin, president of the Interfraternity Council.

Picnic Day typically draws 75,000 people. The on-campus open house, now in its 98th year, is a wholesome event featuring a parade, music, educational exhibits, animal events and sport.

April 12, 2012
Sobriety checkpoint scheduled Friday in Del Paso Heights area

Friday the 13th could be an unlucky day for impaired drivers.

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint at Norwood Avenue and Silver Eagle Road in the Del Paso Heights area beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours.

Motorists traveling through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will check for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers also will check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

April 7, 2012
Redding police see deja vu in DUI crash

By Carlos Alcalá

calcala@sacbee.com

Redding police arrested a driver after responding to a second DUI crash in three months at the same residence.

Police say Lucas C. Muncy, 18, of Redding told them he was driving about 60 mph on Alta Mesa Drive, which has a posted limit of 35 mph.

Muncy was unable to negotiate the turn where Alta Mesa forms a T intersection with Rancho Road and went off the road on the far side of Rancho.

March 27, 2012
Struggle at Woodland hospital ends with multiple charges

California Highway Patrol officers arrested a woman on a variety of charges after a struggle at Woodland Memorial Hospital last night.

During the arrest of Victoria Marie Sanders, 50, of Esparto, she allegedly struggled and kicked at officers before being taken to the ground, a CHP press release said. Sanders suffered abrasions in the process.

A leg restraint was used to keep her from kicking.

The incident began about 8 p.m. when an officer was dispatched to the hospital to take a stolen vehicle report. A man said that his girlfriend, Sanders, had taken his vehicle.

The CHP said that during the interview of the man, Sanders drove up. The officer contacted Sanders and the struggle began during her arrest, according to the CHP.

She was arrested on suspicion of resisting, battery on a peace officer, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

March 23, 2012
Citrus Heights man arrested following hit-and-run in Rio Linda

A Citrus Heights man identified as a convicted felon is in jail after he allegedly broadsided a vehicle at a Rio Linda intersection while leading CHP officers on a chase Thursday afternoon.

About 2:40 p.m., a CHP officer attempted to make a vehicle stop on a green 2003 GMC Yukon at Q Street and 26th Street in Rio Linda. The driver of the Yukon failed to yield to the patrol vehicle's lights and siren, and instead continued at high speeds down Q Street to Rio Linda Boulevard, according to a CHP news release.

The Yukon then headed south on Rio Linda Boulevard, and as it approached Elkhorn Boulevard, the driver failed to stop for a red traffic light. The Yukon broadsided a silver 2006 Chrysler 300 that was westbound on Elkhorn.

March 22, 2012
Sacramento, Rancho Cordova police to conduct sobriety checkpoints Friday night

Police in Sacramento and Rancho Cordova will be on the lookout for impaired and unlicensed drivers Friday night.

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint at Florin Road and 24th Street beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours. Motorists traveling through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be looking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers also will check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

The Rancho Cordova Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the Rancho Cordova city limits from 7 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday. Authorities warn that motorists caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance cost increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

March 21, 2012
Police tally arrests from St. Patrick's Day DUI crackdown

A St. Patrick's Day and night crackdown on drunken driving in Sacramento County resulted in nearly a dozen DUI arrests.

Sacramento's DUI Task Force was made up of officers from Sacramento, Folsom, Citrus Heights, Twin Rivers and Rancho Cordova police department. The task force's next enforcement operation is planned for Cinco de Mayo.

Results of the St. Patrick's Day saturation patrols:

DUI arrests: 11

Citations: 22

Non-DUI-related arrests: 1

Vehicles towed: 6

March 20, 2012
Driver accused of DUI in weekend crash that injured teens

A Sacramento woman has been arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving after allegedly running a red light and striking a carload of teenagers in the Foothill Farms area early Sunday morning.

Kaitlin Bennett had a blood alcohol content exceeding the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

About 12:50 a.m. Sunday, Bennett, 26, was driving a white 1996 GMC Jimmy westbound on Madison Avenue, just east of Hackberry Lane, approaching a red traffic signal. Bennett failed to stop for the red light and broadsided the right side of a 1991 Ford Probe, driven by an 18-year-old Sacramento woman who was turning left onto northbound Hackberry Lane on a green arrow, officials said.

March 10, 2012
Wrong way driver causes Folsom crash, 4 taken to hospital

A 32-year-old woman suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol caused a serious head-on collision in Folsom Friday, police reported.

The woman, Karen Ann Benedict of El Dorado Hills, was reportedly driving a Nissan Sentra the wrong way in westbound lanes of Iron Point Road when she crashed head-on into a Toyota Camry at Black Diamond Drive.

Both cars were believed to be traveling at the speed limit of 45 mph, and Benedict and the three people in the Camry were taken to the hospital for treatment.

March 10, 2012
Citrus Heights police to hold checkpoint for DUI

Citrus Heights Police Department will hold a DUI and drivers license checkpoint tonight, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and lasting until 3 a.m. Sunday.

The checkpoint location is not disclosed in advance.

Officers contact motorists passing through the checkpoint to look for signs of impaired driving.

Checkpoints are proven to reduce deaths from alcohol-related crashes, police said.

March 8, 2012
Jury convicts man of murder in stabbing death of his grandfather

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Arondrei Abel-Bey of first-degree murder in the Jan. 18, 2011, stabbing death of his 83-year-old grandfather, Isaac Williams.

Abel-Bey, 34, had initially reported to police that his grandfather was killed during a burglary of the victim's home near 64th Avenue and Amherst Street. Abel-Bey testified in his own defense he had been under the influence of methamphetamine when he choked and stabbed his grandfather.

Judge Helena R. Gweon scheduled Abel-Bey's sentencing for April 13.

March 2, 2012
Sacramento police announce Saturday sobriety checkpoint

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint Saturday night at Fruitridge Road and Mendocino Avenue.

Beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing for up to seven hours, motorists passing through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will check for alcohol- or drug-impaired drivers. Officers also will check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

Police said the checkpoint is intended to promote public safety, increase awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, and to deter potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.

Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

March 1, 2012
Man found next to burning car admits smoking marijuana and taking mushrooms, Redding police say

Redding police said they arrested a man who told officers he had used mushrooms and marijuana before he was found standing next to his burning car.

Jacoby C. Oates, 19, of Redding, was found on the third level of the Mercy Medical Center about 2 a.m. this morning. Nearby, was his fully engulfed Toyota Camry.

Oates, police said, made conflicting statements about what caused the fire to erupt. Police said an investigation revealed that he had been driving recklessly in the garage and hit some wires used as a barricade.

It is unclear how the fire started.

Officers suspected Oates was under the influence. Police said he told them he had a medical OK to smoke marijuana and that he had been smoking pot throughout the day.

A press release stated that he also admitted to have been using mushrooms.

Oates was booked into Shasta County Jail for suspicion of driving under the influence.

February 28, 2012
Collision with suspected drunk driver in Sutter County injures 4

A suspected drunk driver slammed into a family in a small car last night in the community of Sutter west of Yuba City, according to a California Highway Patrol press release.

Juan M. Duran was driving his family in his Honda Civic shortly before midnight eastbound on Butte House Road east of Cedar Street when Timothy M. Roberts, 24, of Sutter driving westbound in a van crossed into Duran's traffic lane, according to the CHP.

The head-on collision caused minor back, chest and knee injuries to Duran, 61, of Live Oak. Also injured in Duran's car were Yesenia Vasquez, 36, moderate abdominal, chest, back and shoulder pain, Lexxinn Vazquez, 11, minor back pain, and Ivan Vazquez, 3, a cut to his mouth.

Roberts was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after receiving stitches to his knee.

January 25, 2012
Dogs reunited with owner they saved from Zamora house fire

herodogs2.jpgThey are being called hero dogs.

Credited with saving the lives of their owners from an early Tuesday morning house fire in the Yolo County community of Zamora, Gizzy, a 4-year-old Shih Tzu, and Honey, a 3-year-old Great Pyranees, were released this afternoon from UC Davis' veterinary medical teaching hospital, where they were treated for smoke inhalation.

Cheryl Washington, 63, said she must have already been experiencing effects of smoke about 5 a.m. Tuesday when her dogs began barking. When they had trouble rousing her, they didn't give up.

January 10, 2012
Suspected drunken driver plows into Folsom bowling alley patio

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Five people were injured and the driver arrested when a car barreled through a bar patio at a Folsom bowling alley early this morning.

Tera Lee Nicholson, 41, of Folsom was arrested at the scene for suspicion of drunken driving causing major injury.

Folsom police and firefighters were called to Folsom Lake Bowl on East Bidwell Street about 12:30 a.m. today where a vehicle had crashed through a wrought iron fence and into a patio containing patrons of the bar.

When officers and firefighters arrived they found five people who were hurt. None of the injuries were considered critical, according to a police press release.

The venerable Lake Bowl, a mainstay on East Bidwell for more than 40 years, is a combination bowling alley, bar and casino. The patio, where smokers go for a cigarette, extends off the bar.

PHOTO CAPTION: Tera Lee Nicholson

Editor's note: Comments on this post were closed Jan. 10 because of personal attacks and other inappropriate comments.

January 8, 2012
Folsom man arrested, accused in drug-related double-fatal crash

sharp.pngA 21-year-old man was arrested this morning for suspicion of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated after he allegedly caused a head-on crash in Folsom on Saturday evening, killing two people, Sacramento Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Browning said.

Browning said Michael Sharp of Folsom was arrested also for investigation of drug-impaired driving causing serious injury or death in connection with the crash, which occurred about 6:45 p.m.

Browning said Sharp was driving a sports utility vehicle south on Folsom Boulevard when his vehicle crossed the center line into the northbound lane, hitting a Saturn head-on near Parkshore Drive.

January 7, 2012
Woodland crash kills one, DUI suspected

A single-car crash killed one of four people Friday after an automobile overturned on a Woodland off-ramp, California Highway Patrol officials reported.

The 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse was on the off-ramp from southbound Interstate 5 to County Road 102 at about 9 p.m. when the driver, a 22-year-old man from Sacramento, lost control.

The vehicle overturned several times and came to rest on its roof.

January 6, 2012
See every New Year's DUI arrest

By Phillip Reese

preese@sacbee.com

Sacramento County law enforcement officials arrested nearly 70 motorists for allegedly driving while intoxicated on New Year's Eve and early New Year's Day. That's a typical haul on one of the busiest party nights of the year. The heaviest concentration of arrests this year were in downtown Sacramento and South Sacramento.

Read more here.

January 4, 2012
CHP's Valley Division cites drivers in cell phone crackdown

Officers in the California Highway Patrol's Valley Division issued 111 citations for violating state cell phone laws and four citations to individuals who were texting while driving during a 24-hour crackdown on distracted drivers.

The zero-tolerance cell phone enforcement period, aimed at citing drivers distracted by their cell phones, extended from 6 a.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday. The campaign was intended to deter motorists from using their cell phones without a hands-free device or texting while driving.

In addition to the citations, one arrest - by the CHP in Stockton - was made as a result of the cell phone stops, according to a CHP news release. Sixteen verbal warnings were issued to motorists not complying with California's cell phone laws. A total of 376 citations also were issued for unsafe speed.

December 31, 2011
Midtown DUI check point nets three arrests

Sacramento police conducting a DUI checkpoint at 21st Street and Capitol Avenue overnight Friday arrested three people, according to the department's activity log.

Police encountered 798 vehicles during the check.

They screened 32 drivers for license violations, with 19 citations issued.

Eight drivers were screened for possible impaired driving and officers had 14 vehicles towed.

Police also encountered two subjects with outstanding warrants.

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December 30, 2011
Checkpoints, patrols to target drunken, drugged drivers

Law enforcement agencies will be out in force during the New Year's weekend in an effort to keep impaired drivers off the road.

See ARREST LOGS for 18 cities

Agencies in Sacramento and Placer counties report that arrests of drunken or drugged drivers during the first 14 days of an anti-DUI campaign are down from the same period last year. And so far, no DUI-related deaths have been reported in either county during the winter holiday crackdown.

From 12:01 a.m. Dec. 16 through midnight Thursday, officers representing 17 law enforcement agencies in Sacramento County had arrested 261 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a news release. In 2010, 317 DUI arrests occurred during the same 14-day time period.

December 29, 2011
Sacramento police, CHP plan Friday night sobriety checkpoints

Sobriety and driver's license checkpoints will be held in Sacramento's midtown area and in the south area of Sacramento County on Friday night.

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a checkpoint at 21st Street and Capitol Avenue beginning at 9 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours.

The California Highway Patrol will operate a checkpoint at 47th Avenue and Steiner Drive from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

December 27, 2011
Suspected drunk driver blocks Highway 70 by toppling utility poles

Highway 70 north of Marysville was closed today after a suspected drunk driver knocked down telephone poles into the roadway.

The driver of a pickup truck ran into a telephone pole around 4 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. That crash pulled down 7 poles, shutting down Highway 70 from Laurellen Road to 6 miles west of the Yuba-Butte county line at Woodruff Lane.

Alternating one-way traffic is now being allowed past the site.

December 22, 2011
No DUI deaths reported in Sacramento, Placer counties since holiday enforcement began

During the first six days of a winter holiday crackdown on motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, no DUI fatalities have been reported in Sacramento or Placer counties.

From 12:01 a.m. Friday through midnight Wednesday, officers representing 17 law enforcement agencies in Sacramento County arrested 112 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a news release from the California Office of Traffic Safety's DUI enforcement campaign. In 2010, 157 DUI arrests occurred in the county during the same six-day period.

In Placer County, officers representing seven law enforcement agencies arrested 24 individuals for DUI offenses Friday through Wednesday, compared with 27 such arrests during the same six-day period last year.

December 21, 2011
Sacramento police to conduct sobriety checkpoint Thursday

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint Thursday night at El Camino Avenue and Erickson Street in North Sacramento.

Beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours, motorists traveling through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will check for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They also will check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety, increase awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, and to serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers, according to a Police Department news release.

The program is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

December 18, 2011
Holiday campaign under way in Sacramento County to take drunken motorists off the road

Fifty-seven people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the first 48 hours of a holiday campaign to keep impaired drivers off the road in Sacramento County, authorities said today.

The number of arrests carried out by 17 agencies in the county was down modestly from the same period in 2011, when 60 people were taken into custody, the Citrus Heights Police Department reported today. This year's campaign started Friday at 12:01 a.m.

The campaign, known as "Avoid the Capital 17 DUI," is an annual effort by local law enforcement agencies to keep roadways safe for 17 days through the holidays. The campaign ends at midnight, Jan. 1, 2012.

December 17, 2011
Sacramento police plan sobriety checkpoint tonight

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint in the area of Florin Road and Franklin Boulevard tonight.

From 8 p.m. today to 2 a.m. Sunday, motorists traveling through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers on the lookout for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a Police Department news release. Officers also will check to make sure all drivers have a valid drivers license.

The checkpoint is intended to promote public safety, increase awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, and to serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.

The program is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

December 16, 2011
Tahoe DUI crash creates gas leak

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A driver with a blood alcohol level of 0.11 percent crashed into the back of a South Lake Tahoe motel today, rupturing a natural gas main, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department said.

The accident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. when a driver identified as Ronald MacKenzie, 26, of Colorado tried to turn from La Salle Avenue onto Cedar Avenue.

Because he did not slow from a speed estimated at 40 mph, the driver lost control and ran his Toyota pickup into the back side of the Ski Haus Lodge.

Arriving personnel could smell the gas leak from a block away and evacuated the area while the gas main was secured.

MacKenzie was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Photo caption: Crash photo/South Lake Tahoe Police Department

December 16, 2011
Drunken driver pleads no contest to vehicular manslaughter

A drunken driver whose car crash led to the death of a 19-year-old Rocklin man pleaded no contest Thursday to vehicular manslaughter.

Jacinto Roy Mendoza, 21, is scheduled for a Jan. 26 sentencing by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lawrence G. Brown for the death of Matthew Jacob George.

Mendoza is facing a 10-year state prison term with a promise of getting half of his time off if he behaves in prison, according to his attorney, Larry Pilgrim.

Pilgrim said Mendoza on Aug. 13 had taken light rail and walked to Paradise Beach where he met up with a crowd of young people who had gathered at the popular American River party spot near Sacramento State.

According to Pilgrim, Mendoza, after a day of drinking, agreed to drive when the crowd left the river. He then crashed on Highway 50.

George, who was riding in the trunk of the car, was ejected from the vehicle. Authorities said his body was found the next day in a field beneath the freeway.

Mendoza registered a .15 blood-alcohol level in a reading taken several hours after the crash, Pilgrim said.
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December 16, 2011
Drunk driving checkpoint in Folsom tonight

Folsom police will be stopping drivers tonight at a checkpoint on East Natoma Street in an effort to catch drunken drivers.

The checkpoint will be set up at 7 p.m. on East Natoma Street at Briggs Ranch Drive. The checkpoint will continue through the night and into the early morning hours.

The effort by uniformed officers, Community Service officers and public safety volunteers is funded by a state grant. Officers will also cite unlicensed drivers.

December 16, 2011
Folsom police plan DUI, drivers license checkpoint tonight

The Folsom Police Department will conduct a checkpoint tonight as part of an effort to keep impaired and unlicensed drivers off the road.

The checkpoint will begin at 7 p.m. on East Natoma Street at Briggs Ranch Drive and will continue into Saturday morning.

Uniformed police officers, community service officers and Citizens Assisting Public Safety volunteers will staff the checkpoint. Officers will be on the lookout for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as well as motorists without a valid drivers license.

The activity is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

November 29, 2011
Sacramento woman, boyfriend killed by suspected DUI driver in Clovis

A 31-year-old Sacramento woman and her 34-year-old boyfriend were killed Sunday in a collision with a suspected drunken driver in Clovis, according to authorities.

The collision occurred at a Clovis intersection about 2 a.m. Sunday, Clovis police say. The Fresno County Coroner's Office identified the victims as Jessica Matthes of Sacramento and Keith Smith of Clovis.

The driver of the car that allegedly struck them, 29-year-old Larry Garcia of Clovis, was arrested later that day on suspicion of two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and one count of driving under the influence causing great bodily injury, said police spokeswoman Janet Stoll-Lee.

November 14, 2011
Grant to aid crackdown on high-risk, repeat DUI offenders

The Sacramento County Probation Department announced that it has been awarded a grant to step-up supervision of individuals repeatedly convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The $360,000 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety will help fund special probation supervision measures targeting high-risk, felony and repeat DUI offenders, according to a Probation Department news release.

"Over the past year, multiple probation home searches of repeat DUI offenders have resulted in the recovery of methamphetamines, a still producing 84 proof alcohol, a loaded handgun, a MAC-10 machine gun and ammunition, and the revocation of a dozen of mature marijuana plants," Chief Probation Officer Don L. Meyer said in a written statement.

November 3, 2011
Citizen report leads to Marysville drug arrests

Police will respond if you report a possible DUI - at least, they did in Marysville, police reported Wednesday.

Marysville Police reported getting a call around 7 p.m. Tuesday from a citizen worried about a small, brown car with Nevada license plates driving erratically.

An officer found the car a few minutes later and stopped the driver for a sobriety check.

October 27, 2011
Sacramento Police to conduct sobriety checkpoint Friday

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint Friday in the area of 16th and C streets.

Between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. motorists traveling through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will check for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. They also will check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

The checkpoint is intended to promote public safety, increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers, according to a Police Department news release.

Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

October 21, 2011
Teenage driver booked following fatal crash in Placer County

A 17-year-old boy from Meadow Vista has been arrested following a fatal crash near Applegate in Placer County on Thursday night.

The crash occurred about 7:30 p.m. The teenager was driving a 1997 Subaru Outback on Applegate Road north of Boole Road when he failed to negotiate a curve and hit a tree, fatally injuring three of his four passengers, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

Lukas Warren, 21, and Daniel Silverman, 31, both of Meadow Vista, were pronounced dead at the scene. A 21-year-old man from Auburn was ejected from the vehicle and was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he later died of his injuries. His name has not been released pending notification of family members.

October 21, 2011
Former deputy sentenced to two years on DUI plea

starbucks.JPGA fired former Sacramento sheriff's deputy who ran her car into a Natomas-area Starbucks and injured an 85-year-old woman two years ago was sentenced today to two years in state prison.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Gary E. Ransom imposed the term on Lisa Gargano, 39, who pleaded no contest in June to two counts of driving under the influence of prescription drugs.

Gargano was on pain killers and other medications at the time of the Sept. 6, 2009, collision that resulted in the injury to the woman in the coffee shop on Duckhorn Drive. Her attorney, Michael Bowman, said she began taking the pain killers as a result of a lower-back injury suffered in her deputy's job.

October 17, 2011
Suspected drunk driver crashes into CHP squad car in Sacramento

CHP officers with a suspected drunken driver in the back seat of their patrol car were crashed into by another motorist suspected to be under the influence.

Neither officer was injured in the early morning collision in South Sacramento. Both suspects were booked.

The incident began about 2:25 a.m. when the squad car was traveling southbound on Stockton Boulevard near Lemon Hill Avenue. A car driven by Gustavo Guerrero, 31, traveling in the opposite direction, turned in front of the officers and collided.

October 13, 2011
Suspected drunk driver arrested after train hits car near Davis

A car was slammed into by a passenger train last night east of Davis after the suspected drunk driver left the disabled vehicle on the tracks, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Alexius Russell, 29, of Sacramento was driving her Honda Civic westbound on Country Road 32a west of County Road 105a about 7:50 p.m. when she drove her car off the road and onto the tracks because she had been drinking, according to a CHP press release.

She got out of her car and called for help, but while waiting for assistance, a westbound AMTRAK train hit the Honda. The car caught fire.

About 20 passengers were aboard the train, but no injuries were reported. Russell was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, the CHP.

September 30, 2011
UC Davis reports some crimes up, others down for 2010

Liquor-related arrests were up, drug arrests were down and assaults pretty much held steady last year on UC Davis property compared to the previous year, according a press release from the university.

The annual statistics were prepared for the federal Clery Act.

"UC Davis is a relatively safe campus, but no community of our size is crime-free," said campus Police Chief Annette Spicuzza.

Comparisons between 2010 and 2009:

September 15, 2011
Roseville man arrested for DUI after striking fire truck, narrowly missing firefighter

A 57-year-old Roseville man was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly struck a fire truck and narrowly missed a firefighter while driving drunk, according to authorities.

Thomas Rolland Michael was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, according to a Roseville Fire Department news release. Michael was booked into the Placer County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, the release states.

Firefighters were at an emergency call at 707 Sunrise Boulevard when a man drove his Mazda sedan through the parking lot, struck a parked ladder truck and narrowly missed a firefighter on foot, according to the release.

The firefighter took the driver's keys, and then held the man until police arrived.

The release states that there were no injuries and only minor damage to the ladder truck.

September 14, 2011
Woodland police book suspected parked pickup crasher

Woodland police said that a suspected drunken driver allegedly tried to drive away after hitting a parked pickup last night.

Police said that about 10 p.m. they were called to the 200 block of Muir Street where a car had hit a parked, unoccupied pickup. Police said that it was reported that the driver of the car had attempted to leave the scene prior to the arrival of officers.

When police arrived, they found the car was able to travel just a short distance because of damage sustained in the crash. Officers arrested Jessica Maria Chavarin, 22, on suspicion of "probable cause" involving felony drunken driving and felony hit and run, according to a department press release.

A passenger in the car driven by Chavarin was hurt and was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, police said.

September 9, 2011
DUI checkpoint scheduled tonight in downtown Sacramento

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint tonight at Fifth and L streets as part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, an intensive crackdown on impaired driving.

The checkpoint will begin at 8 p.m. and last for five to seven hours, according to a Police Department news release. Motorists traveling through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will check for alcohol- and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers also will check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

Approximately 10,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide are participating in the campaign, which began Aug. 19. The effort is led by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reports that in 2009 alone, 10,839 people nationwide died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider had a blood alcohol level at or above the legal limit. Drivers age 21 to 24 years old had the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

September 8, 2011
DUI checkpoint, patrols planned Saturday in El Dorado County

The California Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint and roving patrols in El Dorado County on Saturday night as part of an effort to keep impaired drivers off the road.

The checkpoint, staffed by CHP officers, will be set up about 8 p.m. and will continue throughout the evening, according to a news release. Officers will control traffic at the checkpoint to evaluate drivers' sobriety, check drivers' licenses and hand out literature warning of the dangers of drinking and driving.

CHP officers also will be assigned to roving patrols in the checkpoint area to seek out motorist who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

September 3, 2011
Suspected DUI driver knocks out power in Woodland

A Sacramento man was arrested in Woodland early Saturday morning after allegedly running his car into a power pole, rolling his vehicle, and knocking power out of a portion of Woodland.

Ralph Soto, 69, was reportedly driving under the influence when he ran in to the power pole at County Road 98 and W. Beamer Street at around 1:19 a.m, injuring a 29-year-old passenger.

PG&E arrived at the scene to handle the live wires that were down, and public works crewsclosed County Road 98 at west Kentucky Avenue and west Main Street to all but emergency vehicles. Roads were closed for about seven hours.

The passenger was taken to the UC Davis Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.

September 2, 2011
Auto travel, CHP enforcement to be up this holiday weekend

Automobile travel is expected to be up slightly this Labor Day weekend -- and the California Highway Patrol will be ready to pull over any drunken drivers.

The American Automobile Association estimates that 27.3 million people plan to travel on the nation's roadways, a 0.5 percent increase from last year. Overall, travel is expected to dip due in part to higher air fare costs.

September 2, 2011
Marysville checkpoint nets more than just one suspected drunk driver

A DUI checkpoint in Marysville found only one suspected drunk driver, but netted more than a dozen motorists for other alleged offenses.

Marysville police screened 1,165 vehicles last night for intoxicated or unlicensed drivers. One 25-year-old man from Rocklin was arrested for driving under the influence.

September 1, 2011
Marysville police, CHP make arrests in DUI warrant sweep

The Marysville Police Department reported that a number of DUI warrants were cleared during a DUI Task Force warrant sweep Tuesday.

Police and California Highway Patrol officers fanned out into Yuba, Sutter and Butte counties to serve warrants on individuals who violated court orders, terms of their DUI probation or failed to appear in court for their DUI arrest.

During the seven-hour operation, officers attempted service on 40 warrants. Four of the subjects were found, arrested and booked into jail, according to a Police Department news release.

August 31, 2011
DUI checkpoint planned Sunday night in Elk Grove

Elk Grove police will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint Sunday night at an undisclosed location in the city, the police department reported.

Officers will staff the checkpoint beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday until 3 a.m. the following morning, with the goal of removing impaired and unlicensed drivers from the roadways, according to a police department news release.

Members of the public are also encouraged to call the Elk Grove Police Department at (916) 714-5111 (emergency line), or 911, if they see a driver they suspect may be impaired, the release states.

Funding for the checkpoint is provided through a grant made available by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the release states.

August 27, 2011
Fiery Redding crash chars two vehicles, sends man to hospital

A woman who triggered a fiery crash in Redding Friday was cited by Redding police, but the motorcyclist she collided with was arrested for DUI, officials said in a press release.

Police responded shortly after 7 p.m. Friday to reports of a crash and vehicle fire.

A Toyota RAV4 making a left turn onto an Interstate 5 freeway onramp at Twin View Boulevard collided nearly head-on with a motorcycle going the opposite direction on Twin View.

August 18, 2011
Two-week campaign to crack down on impaired drivers

Law enforcement agencies throughout the Sacramento region will join in a nationwide campaign to crack down on impaired drivers.

Stepped-up enforcement efforts are scheduled to begin Friday and continue through Labor Day.

The Sacramento Police Department will begin its " Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign with a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Northgate Boulevard and Patio Avenue.

Motorists traveling through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will check for alcohol or drug-impaired drivers. Officers also will check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

August 17, 2011
DUI checkpoint scheduled for Friday night in Yolo County

The Woodland Area California Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday night in Yolo County, the CHP reported.

The checkpoint will run from 8 p.m. to midnight at an undisclosed location in the unincorporated area of the county, according to a Woodland CHP news release.

Officers will also check drivers for valid driver's licenses, the release states.

August 17, 2011
Elk Grove police to conduct DUI checkpoint Saturday night

The Elk Grove Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint within the city beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday and continuing until 3 a.m. Sunday.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to remove impaired and unlicensed drivers from the roadways. Educational materials on the dangers of driving under the influence will be handed to motorists passing through the checkpoint.

The public also is encouraged to call the Elk Grove Police Department's emergency line, (916) 714-5111, or 911, if they observe a driver they suspect is impaired.

Funding for the sobriety checkpoint is provided through a DUI Enforcement and Awareness Grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

August 16, 2011
Folsom DUI checkpoint set for Friday

Folsom drivers on East Bidwell will be checked to see if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol Friday evening.

The police department will be staffing a checkpoint from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday on East Bidwell at Orchard Drive, which is between Glenn Drive and Blue Ravine Road. In addition to looking for impaired motorists, police will be citing unlicensed drivers.

Community Service Officers and Citizens Assisting Public Safety volunteers will help uniformed officers. Funding for the checkpoint comes from the state Office of Traffic Safety's Selective Traffic Enforcement Program.

August 12, 2011
Fights, bloodshed keep Sacramento police busy in the early morning

Sacramento police were kept in the early morning hours with three separate incidents involving patrons in bars or restaurants in the grid.

The first was reported at 1:58 a.m. today when a 31-year-old man who was kicked out of a bar near 29th and J streets began yelling at a group attempting to leave the area in a vehicle. Police said the man then punched out the driver's side window of the vehicle.

A passenger in the car got out and was punched, knocking him out and possibly breaking his jaw. The man was booked on suspicion of battery and vandalism.

August 12, 2011
Lodi PD: DUI suspected as crash into home breaks girl's leg

clip_image001.jpgA 5-year-old girl suffered a broken leg when a pickup hit a Lodi home this morning, police said, resulting in the arrest of a man suspected of driving under the influence.

Lodi police said they arrested Jeff Dobretz (left), 21, of Lodi on suspicion of drunken driving, hit and run and reckless driving with injury.

Police said in a press release that at 4:20 a.m. a pickup crashed through a fence and into a home in the 700 block of Pinot Noir Drive. The pickup crashed into the little girl's bedroom, pushing her bed into a wall.

August 4, 2011
Sacramento police to conduct sobriety checkpoint Friday night

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint Friday night at Amherst Street and Meadowview Road.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours, motorists traveling through the checkpoint site will be stopped by uniformed officers, who will check for alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety, increase awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, and to serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers, according to a Police Department news release.

July 29, 2011
Man arrested for DUI after crash kills 80-year-old man in Magalia

An elderly man was killed by a suspected drunken driver in a head-on collision Thursday evening in Magalia, northeast of Chico.

The 80-year-old victim was driving at about 20 mph in the northbound lane of Skyway Road when he was hit by a southbound car driven at about 35 mph by Jordan Fischbach, 23. Authorities said Fischbach's vehicle had drifted across double yellow lines into the path of the victim's car.

After the collision, Fischbach waited at the scene for emergency personnel to arrive. The victim died at the scene.

Fischbach was taken to Enloe Hospital where he was treated for moderate injuries and was arrested for a felony DUI.

July 22, 2011
Placer County man arrested with weapons and drugs

Auburn police say they arrested a Placer County man Thursday after receiving a report at 1:09 p.m. that the suspect was selling marijuana out of a five gallon bucket at the Auburn Dam Overlook.

Auburn police officer Stan Hamelin used the license plate of the vehicle associated with the suspect to locate David S. Robles, 21, of Auburn, at his home on Live Oak Lane in Placer County, according to a police department news release.

The department said Robles was wanted on a warrant for a D.U.I. offense. Hamelin found Ketamine, or the "Date Rape" drug, in Robles' possession, along with a .45 caliber handgun, a switchblade, and hashish, the news release said.

The officer followed a lead to a storage facility where he found more marijuana, the release said.

Robles is being held in Placer County Jail for possession of the gun, knife, narcotics and narcotics for sales.

July 21, 2011
Friday night sobriety checkpoint planned in North Sacramento

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint Friday night at Del Paso Boulevard and El Camino Avenue.

Beginning at 8:30 p.m. and continuing for up to seven hours, motorists traveling through the checkpoint site will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will check for alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers, according to a Police Department news release. Officers also will make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

The checkpoint is part of an effort to promote public safety by increasing awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, and to serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers, officials said.

Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Safety Administration.

July 20, 2011
Folsom Police to check for sobriety and drivers licenses Saturday

The Folsom Police Department will be checking drivers for sobriety and licenses at a safety checkpoint Saturday night.

The checkpoint will be stationed on Blue Ravine Road near Parkway Drive from 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday.

The California Office of Traffic Safety is sponsoring the event through the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P) to promote public safety and awareness about drunken driving risks and to deter people from driving without a license.

For information about the impaired driving and drivers license checkpoint contact Officer Paul Rice at price@folsom.ca.us.

July 18, 2011
Coroner identifies motorist killed in rural Yolo County crash

The Yolo County Coroner's office has released the name of a 21-year-old man who died in a car crash into a tree late Saturday night in rural Yolo County.

He was identified as Joel Lowell, 21, of Brooks, Yolo County.

Lowell was traveling at a high rate of speed about 11:30 p.m. along County Road 23 west of County Road 89, which is just southeast of Esparto. Lowell for an unknown reason lost control and hit a walnut tree.

Officers suspect Lowell was not wearing a seatbelt when he was ejected from the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. The California Highway Patrol said in a press release that alcohol is believed to be involved in the crash.

July 1, 2011
DUI enforcement activities planned for Fourth of July weekend

Law enforcement agencies across Northern California are scheduling a crackdown on drivers impaired by alcohol asot the long Fourth of July weekend begins.

Enforcement activities under the statewide AVOID anti-DUI campaign, including sobriety checkpoints and roving DUI patrols, are scheduled to begin tonight. The California Highway Patrol also has declared a Maximum Enforcement Period beginning tonight at 6 p.m. and continuing through Monday.

Throughout the weekend, the CHP will assign available officers to freeways, state highways and unincorporated roads to keep an eye out for motorists driving under the influence and encourage all motorists to use their seatbelts, according to a CHP news release.

May 26, 2011
Teen arrested after he hits sign in view of Yolo deputy

The driver of a carload of teens was arrested Wednesday just outside of Davis after running over a traffic sign in full view of a Yolo County Sheriff's deputy, the CHP said.

The California Highway Patrol said a 17-year-old boy was driving westbound on Russell Boulevard from Davis at 45 mph about 4:45 p.m. when he tried to make a turn onto Patwin Road. In the process, he took the turn too fast and struck a sign for bicyclists.

Watching this occur was a Yolo County Sheriff's deputy, who also saw the driver continue down the road. The teen then pulled into a driveway. .

May 12, 2011
DUI checkpoint to screen south Sacramento County drivers Saturday

California Highway Patrol officers will be conducting a drunken-driving checkpoint in southern Sacramento County on Saturday night.

Drivers will be stopped not long after officers begin setting up the checkpoint at 8 p.m. at an undisclosed location. The checkpoint is expected to conclude at 2 a.m.

The CHP will be evaluating the sobriety of drivers and handing out literature warning of the dangers of drinking and driving.

If rainy weather makes a checkpoint unsafe for the officers, the units will be assigned to roving DUI patrols.