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For Immediate Release: June 25, 2013

Nine Time DUI Offender Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison

Santa Rosa, CA – (June 25, 2013) – District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that on June 21, 2013, defendant Arthur Torres Jr., 48, of Windsor was sentenced by the Honorable Kenneth Gnoss to nine years in state prison for his fifth felony DUI in ten years. This conviction was actually his ninth DUI conviction since 1986.

District Attorney Ravitch stated: “This significant prison term, followed by a ten year license revocation is entirely appropriate for this repeat offender. The sentence reaffirms our commitment to making the roads safer by aggressively prosecuting those who drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.”

On April 29, 2013, Torres pled no contest to a felony violation of driving under the influence, admitting an enhancement for driving with a blood alcohol content exceeding .15 percent, and another enhancement alleging he had suffered three or more prior felony DUI convictions in the last ten years; a felony violation of reckless evading, as well as a misdemeanor violation of driving on a suspended license from a prior DUI. Additionally, Torres admitted the truth of sentencing enhancements alleging that he suffered six prior prison commitments. Torres faced up to nine years, eight months in prison. Torres’ driving privilege will be revoked for ten years after he is released.

The charges arose when Torres was seen by a Sheriff’s deputy driving on Old Redwood Highway, with a taillight out, and swerving out of his lane. Instead of stopping for the deputy when a traffic stop was initiated, Torres pulled onto a gravel road, attempting to flee. A pursuit followed through narrow turns close to oak trees and farm equipment for approximately one mile. When Torres finally came to a stop, the Deputy noticed he was displaying signs of intoxication. A blood test later revealed Torres’ blood alcohol concentration was 0.16 percent.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Andrew Lukas of the District Attorney’s Vertical DUI Unit. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office headed the investigation.

Contact Information

Terry Menshek
Media Coordinator
District Attorney’s Office
County of Sonoma
600 Administration Drive, Room 212 J
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 565-3098 Work
(707) 565-2762 Work Fax

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