Wednesday, December 26, 2007

California DUI cop goes to jail for drunk driving

California DUI Drunk-driving arrests under law enforcement agencies’ campaign originally known as “Avoid the 13″ are up so far this year, the California Highway Patrol reports. In the first 12 days of the holiday season, California DUI officers have arrest 2,047 people for California DUI driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a 6 percent increase from the 1,920 arrests for the same period last year. This year 125 California DUI agencies throughout the nine Bay Area counties are participating in the campaign, which began at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 14 and continues through midnight Tuesday.

One California DUI incident involving an alleged drunk driver that so far has not led to an arrest involves a San Jose police officer who was driving the wrong way on Highway 17 in the Santa Cruz Mountains when he hit another vehicle. People in the other vehicle as well as the off-duty officer were injured, according to the CHP. The officer reportedly failed a field sobriety test but has not yet been arrested for California DUI. What a coincidence, or?

The police officer faces felony drunk driving charges in connection to a head-on collision.

The California Highway Patrol has asked the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office to charge Officer Fidel Guerrero, 35, with California DUI driving under the influence, causing injury and driving on the wrong side of the highway.

Investigators say Guerrero was speeding on the wrong side of Highway 17 on the way to Santa Cruz on Sunday when the off-duty officer smashed head-on into a minivan.