A third charge of driving under the influence in the last three months has been filed against a California sheriff's deputy. The DUI arrest occurred on a recent Friday. It took place after police said he struck a parked car while in a parking lot.
The sheriff's deputy was first arrested on DUI charges back in December of 2015. His second arrest occurred in February of this year. At that time, he allegedly flipped his vehicle on Highway 50. The man now faces a DUI charge along with a charge of the obstruction of a police officer as he or she performs his or her duties. This particular charge is a felony.
The man was placed in jail but posted bond on a bail of $250,000. The deputy was put on administrative leave following his first drunk driving arrest. His license was also suspended at that time, so he faced a charge of driving with a license that had been suspended following his second arrest for DUI. Under California law, if he ends up being arrested for DUI a fourth time, the charge would automatically be a felony.
A person who has been accused of DUI in California may proceed to trial if he or she believes this is in his or her best interests. Prosecutors at trial need to prove these charges by appropriate evidence in order for a criminal conviction to be possible. The defendant may wish to negotiate for a plea deal instead of going to trial if the prosecutor's evidence appears to be strong. If a plea agreement is available, it may result in lesser charges and/or a lighter sentence for the accused.
Source: fox40.com, "Deputy Arrested for Third DUI in Past Three Months", Nicole Comstock, March 9, 2016