Sunday, January 25, 2009

Key California DUI arrests made in recent cases

California DUI criminal defense lawyers and California dui criminal defense attorneys report Petaluma police arrested a motorist on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after the man was targeted for a stakeout under a state program.

Charles Cole was stopped in the 800 block of Grouse Lane at 5:28 p.m. Friday after police observed Cole driving from his home in his 1990 Cadillac. He was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI, driving on a suspended license, and violating probation.

Cole, 49, is on probation for driving under the influence and has four prior convictions for the same offense.

The Petaluma Police Department conducts surveillance on motorists with multiple DUI convictions who are considered a high risk to other drivers.

The department has a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to conduct the Habitual DUI Driver Stakeout Program.

Also, an auto theft suspect was arrested after weaving the stolen car from Mill Valley to Richmond with a blood-alcohol level at nearly three times the legal limit, the sheriff's department said.
Danilo Cruz, 28, of Pinole was booked into the Marin County Jail on Friday after arriving from Contra Costa County, where he was treated for injuries after crashing the car.

The case began Thursday night when the California Highway Patrol received a report of a possible drunken driver on Shoreline Highway in the Tamalpais Junction area. The witness who reported the car provided police with the Honda Accord's description and its license plate number.

Police checked the plate number and learned the Honda had been reported stolen the previous day

View Larger Mapfrom Contra Costa County. As police began to search for the Honda, sheriff's Sgt. Gerald Jones went toward the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in case the driver decided to head back to the East Bay.
A short time later, Jones saw the Honda traveling east on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Larkspur. He followed the car to the bridge and put on his lights and sirens to pull it over.

The driver did not yield and kept going over the bridge as other police joined the chase. When he reached Richmond, he lost control trying to turn left onto the Richmond Parkway and crashed into a concrete guardrail, said sheriff's Sgt. Doug Pittman.

Police arrested Cruz and took him to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek for treatment of injuries from the crash.
Initial tests showed Cruz's blood-alcohol level to be .227 percent, Pittman said. The legal limit is .08 percent.

After his release from the hospital Friday, Cruz was brought back to Marin and booked on suspicion of vehicle theft, driving while intoxicated and evading police, according to the county jail. Bail was set at $25,000.