Friday, May 2, 2008

Wrong Way California DUI Driver Stopped by Spike Strip, Facing Felony California DUI

California DUI Prosecutors have tacked on an additional felony California DUI charge to a complaint that already alleges that a 22-year-old woman drove drunk last weekend and caused a crash that killed a 33-year-old mother of three.

In addition to gross vehicular manslaughter, Fremont resident Teresa Ann Martinez now faces a felony count of California DUI - driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Authorities have not released the results of the test because they are awaiting the results of a more conclusive California DUI blood test.

Prosecutors originally charged her with a single count of vehicular manslaughter because it includes an element of California DUI, but on Thursday added the other charge because it carries a stiffer sentence should Martinez be convicted.

Martinez was arrested early Saturday after police said she drove the wrong way on southbound Interstate 680 and caused a two-vehicle crash near the North Mission Boulevard exit.

The two vehicles swerved to avoid hitting Martinez but hit each other. Stockton resident Stephanie Wills, who was on her way to work in Fremont, died in the California DUI crash.

Police said Martinez then continued to drive in the wrong direction for 13 miles until California Highway Patrol officers used a spike strip to disable her vehicle in Pleasanton.

Martinez failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of California DUI and vehicular manslaughter that day, California DUI police said, and was charged early this week.