Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo is in sizzling water after he was nabbed throughout a Memorial Day weekend DUI checkpoint.
Alejo was stopped simply earlier than midnight on Friday at San Miguel Canyon Street and Robust Circle. An officer seen that Alejo was “displaying indicators of impaired driving” according to drunken driving.
The supervisor was the one individual within the automotive.
Alejo was then arrested on suspicion of DUI, CHP officers mentioned in a press launch, cited with a promise to look and launched to a member of the family. It is unclear if his car was impounded.
The case has been forwarded to the Monterey County District Legal professional’s Workplace. If charged and convicted, Alejo faces group service, hefty fines and charges, insurance coverage premium spikes and alcoholism prevention lessons. In complete, a first-time DUI offender can count on to pay $10,000.
His license might be revoked.
CHP officers mentioned Alejo was launched like anybody else stopped on suspicion of DUI who can discover a secure journey dwelling.
“To extend the accessible patrol hours for detection and apprehension of impaired drivers, CHP coverage… permits our Space Commander to undertake a Cite and Launch Program for misdemeanor DUI arrestees,” Public Info Officer Jessica Madueño wrote in a press launch. “It is very important notice that people cited and launched pursuant to the above coverage (could) nonetheless face felony justice proceedings for the offense.”
In regard to his actions, Alejo wrote the next in an announcement to the Monterey County Weekly: “I made a poor choice that I really remorse and can by no means make once more. I sincerely apologize to my constituents and the individuals of Monterey County.”
The Weekly reported that Alejo’s blood-alcohol stage was twice the state’s authorized restrict of .08.
The Californian reached out independently to Luis Alejo’s staff for remark however have but to obtain a response.
A whole lot of others throughout California have been caught driving below the affect or driving distracted this previous weekend, typical for the Memorial Day vacation. In preparation for the lengthy weekend, CHP started a Most Enforcement Interval that lasted from Friday at 6 p.m. to Monday at 11:59 p.m.
In complete, California Freeway Patrol made 979 DUI arrests over the Most Enforcement Interval, a 14.6% enhance from the 2020 Memorial Day weekend, which was in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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