Saturday, February 23, 2008

3 DUI Guy and Woman sought for drunk driving murder arrested

California DUI attorney news

The Fellows woman being sought on second-degree murder charges for the California DUI / drunk driving crash that killed a McKittrick man last summer was arrested by Kern County Sheriff's deputies in Bakersfield over the weekend.

Donna Kathleen Brinkman, 44, was featured in last week's Taft's Most Wanted.

Brinkman was picked up on, California DUI police said.


She is accused of driving California DUI drunk on July 28 and striking Robert Morrison, 76, who was walking across Highway 33 in McKittrick.

Brinkman is being held in the Sheriff's Lerdo pretrial facility on $250,000 bail and was scheduled to be arraigned for California DUI on Friday.

3 California DUI cases - one man

Police arrested a Petaluma man Thursday night on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run in three separate California DUI crashes.

Police received a call around 5:20 p.m. from a resident in the 700 block of Greenbriar Circle about a man seen stumbling from his car to an apartment, California DUI drunk driving police said.

The man left the apartment and drove away before police arrived, and the caller followed him but lost sight of his vehicle, California DUI lawyers understand. The caller did not notify California DUI police, however, when the man left the apartment, California DUI attorneys heard.

California DUI Police dispatchers then received a call at 5:54 p.m. about a rear-end, hit-and-run collision at Ellis and East Washington streets. The California DUI suspect matched the description of the man seen leaving the apartment and the driver of the car that was hit followed the driver who fled in his vehicle, California DUI lawyers heard.

Dispatchers received another call a minute later about a head-on collision involving multiple vehicles and serious injuries at Payran Street and Jess Avenue. Callers said the suspect ran from the scene and that his white 1990 Nissan Maxima. The Nissan matched the car involved in the earlier reports, California DUI attorneys believe.

California DUI Police determined that 21-year-old Ciriaco Mendoza fled the collision at Ellis and East Washington streets at a high rate of sped and struck a 1994 Volvo head-on while trying to pass traffic over double yellow lines on the Payran Street Bridge.

Mendoza then tried to flee again but collided with the two vehicles he was attempting to pass, Savano said. Mendoza then fled on foot south on Jess Avenue and southbound along railroad tracks. Officer Rick Cox caught Mendoza at Lakeville and Madison streets and he was identified as the suspect involved in all three incidents, California DUI lawyers are told.

Mendoza was booked into the Sonoma County jail for California DUI felony DUI, felony hit-and-run and driving without a license. His California DUI bail is $30,000.

The 19-year-old driver of a Volvo that was struck on the bridge was the only one injured, California DUI attorneys suspect. He suffered a broken shoulder and wrist and was taken to a local hospital.

Police said the California DUI incidents illustrate the importance of reporting California DUI drunken drivers. California DUI attorneys are told Petaluma police increased DUI arrests 32 percent from 455 in 2006 to 603 in 2007 but DUI collisions still are the fifth highest cause of vehicle accidents in the city.

California DUI Alcohol involved collisions increased by 20 percent from 53 in 2006 to 64 in 2007, California DUI attorneys are told.