Friday, December 28, 2007

famous California jockey has California DUI

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The turbulent career of 45-year-old jockey Patrick Valenzuela took another downward turn Friday when the California Horse Racing Board terminated his conditional riding license after learning of a recent arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.

A statement issued by outgoing CHRB Executive Director Ingrid Fermin said that "consuming or being under the influence of alcohol is a violation" of the conditional license.


Valenzuela was arrested Dec. 20 at 2:48 a.m. and cited for driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level of 0.8 or greater, according to Sgt. Cliff Mathews of the Upland Police Department.

Mathews said Valenzuela's blood-alcohol level won't be known until blood-test results are completed.

The police sergeant said the arrest The turbulent career of 45-year-old jockey Patrick Valenzuela took another downward turn Friday when the California Horse Racing Board terminated his conditional riding license after learning of a recent arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.

A statement issued by outgoing CHRB Executive Director Ingrid Fermin said that "consuming or being under the influence of alcohol is a violation" of the conditional license.


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Valenzuela was arrested Dec. 20 at 2:48 a.m. and cited for driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level of 0.8 or greater, according to Sgt. Cliff Mathews of the Upland Police Department.

Mathews said Valenzuela's blood-alcohol level won't be known until blood-test results are completed.

The police sergeant said the arrest took place in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant at Foothill and Benson in Upland. Mathews said the arresting officer was in the parking lot attending to another matter when he heard a crash involving a BMW driven by Valenzuela. The officer then noticed Valenzuela was trying to drive away with two flat tires on the driver's side.

Valenzuela, who lives in Arcadia, was released with a citation the next morning and ordered to appear in Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga on Feb. 21.

took place in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant at Foothill and Benson in Upland. Mathews said the arresting officer was in the parking lot attending to another matter when he heard a crash involving a BMW driven by Valenzuela. The officer then noticed Valenzuela was trying to drive away with two flat tires on the driver's side.

Valenzuela, who lives in Arcadia, was released with a citation the next morning and ordered to appear in Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga on Feb. 21.