Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Sheriff pleads guilty, more California DUI injury cases

California DUI lawyer news

Former sheriff pleads no contest, sentenced in California DUI case

Former San Joaquin County Sheriff Baxter Dunn pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of California DUI driving under the influence and was sentenced to 15 days in jail, according to court documents.
Dunn, who did not appear in court at the Monday California DUI hearing, also was ordered to pay more than $2,300 in fines, spend the next three years on California DUI probation and submit to drug and alcohol testing, according to the California DUI documents.

California DUI Court records indicated Dunn -- who was given credit for two days in jail for his arrest -- could serve his time on a work furlough, home detention or in an alternative work program.

Additional time could be possible because the former sheriff was already on probation after pleading guilty in a corruption probe in 2005 that landed him in federal prison for six months and confined him to his Manteca home for another six months.

Albert Ellis, Dunn's California DUI / defense attorney, represents him.

On Nov. 29, Dunn, 60, of Manteca was traveling between 65 and 70 mph in his Chrysler 300 when he made a lane change and couldn't slow down fast enough to avoid colliding with a 1979 International truck driven by Jorge Albert Becerra, 33, of Ceres California Highway Patrol officials said.

When emergency crews arrived on the scene of the California DUI accident, both parties were outside their vehicles and on the side of the road, CHP officials said.

Dunn provided a California DUI breath sample and had a blood-alcohol content level of .12, according to the California DUI court records.

Dunn failed other California DUI field sobriety tests before being arrested and charged with California DUI felony driving under the influence and injuring someone other than himself in the accident, according to the CHP.
The charges were reduced to California DUI misdemeanors after Becerra's injuries were determined to be minor

Dunn, who served as San Joaquin County sheriff from 2001 to 2005, was booked into San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of California DUI felony driving under the influence and was quickly released after posting $50,000 bail.

In other news, California DUI Hearing in fatal crash scheduled

NORWALK - A Pico Rivera woman who was allegedly California DUI driving drunk when her car struck a 15-year-old pedestrian will return to court in a month.

A preliminary California DUI hearing date was set for March 18 in the case of Melissa Serrato.

Serrato, 28, had pleaded not guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. CHP officers said she was driving the Toyota Matrix that struck Martin Granado Jr. as the California High student walked north on Lambert Road, outside a crosswalk July 25. Granado later died of his injuries.