Friday, December 18, 2009

5th DUI Offender Sentenced to a Year in Jail

Recently, prosecutors in Windsor have decried the one-year jail sentence imposed on a drunk driver convicted for the fifth time.

Thirty-five year old Emilio Guzman Garcia was busted for DUI last October 15 at around 1 AM in the area of Old Redwood Highway and Starr Road and driving with a suspended license.

He had a .12 percent blood-alcohol level which is above the state’s limit of .08 BAC and was also driving around with a half-full can of beer on the front seat and more cans of beer on the backseat.

Garcia had prior DUI convictions since 1996 and had previously also been sentenced to a year in county jail in his last conviction. He also had a previous conviction of possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

Judge Elliot Daum, who had sentenced Garcia in his last conviction, sentenced him again to one year in county jail and probation amidst protests for a harsher sentence from prosecutors.

In all the years Garcia has been driving drunk, he’s been lucky enough not to have been involved in any fatal car crash accident. In 2008 alone, 11,773 people died in highway crashes involving a drivers or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

California had 1,029 alcohol-related car crash fatalities and 28,457 were injured in collisions with drivers having a alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

Sooner or later, no matter how careful the driver is, driving under the influence will still result to an accident. Tragically, it may end up taking the driver’s life, his passenger or even an innocent motorist and pedestrian.

The California Office of Traffic Safety reminds drivers this holiday season to bear in mind, that if you drive and drink over the blood alcohol limit, you will be arrested and surely charged.