Monday, April 7, 2008

Cop cleared of shooting after suspecting attempted California DUI

California DUI lawyer news

Sacramento County sheriff's sergeant shot and killed a man but it was "clearly an in-policy shooting," Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness said after looking at video shot from the officer's car.

At a news conference late Monday morning, McGinness said the video from the camera mounted on the officer's dashboard shows the officer approaching the suspect, John L. Savalin, Saturday in his car on Bridge Street north of the American River in Fair Oaks and talking to him.

The officer was responding to a citizen's call of a prospective California DUI man who appeared intoxicated attempting to drive.

McGinness said the tone of the initial conversation between Savalin and the officer was cordial, then escalated. Savalin's car then rolled backward. The sergeant then got in front of the car and McGinness said Savalin began to rev his engine. The sergeant tried to get Savalin to stop, California DUI lawyers believe, but the driver spun his tires and then accelerated toward the sergeant. At that point, the sergeant fired a shot through the windshield of the car.

The sergeant fired a total of six rounds, hitting Savalin three times in the upper torso. All the wounds entered from the front or side, said California DUI attorneys.

According to California DUI attorney sources, Savalin's brother-in-law, who was in the car with Savalin said the two had split a bottle of vodka and drank some beer earlier that afternoon.

State DMV and Sacramento County court records show Savalin has been convicted of California DUI - driving under the influence 3 times, with another California DUI charge dismissed.

Savalin was convicted of misdemeanor California DUI charges in 1990, 2001 and 2005, according to those California DUI lawyer records.