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For Immediate Release: June 28, 2013

Hit and Run DUI Offender Sentenced to Two Year, Eight Month in Prison

Santa Rosa, CA – (June 28, 2013) – District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that on June 26, 2013, defendant Boris Rodriguez, 21, of San Rafael was sentenced by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite to two years, eight months in state prison for the felonies of driving while under the influence and causing injury and hit and run involving injury. Rodriguez had one prior conviction, from 2011, for alcohol-related reckless driving, a misdemeanor offense commonly referred to as a “wet reckless.”

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “Driving while under the influence is dangerous; we see too many of these collisions and injured victims left behind. This sentence should put everyone on notice that driving while under the influence is taken seriously and punished accordingly.”

The charges arose from Rodriguez colliding his vehicle into several parked cars in downtown Petaluma shortly before midnight on Christmas Eve outside of Gale’s Central Club. After the crash, which caused minor injuries to two people, as well as damage to another car and a building, Rodriguez tried to flee on foot. A witness was able to catch Rodriguez nearby, however, and kept control of him until officers arrived. Rodriguez provided two breath samples which showed his alcohol concentration level was .23 percent. An officer also noticed Rodriguez had white residue on his upper lip and nostril. Two small bags of cocaine were found by Rodriguez’s feet while being questioned by an officer.

On April 10, 2013, Rodriguez pled no contest to a felony violation of driving under the influence causing injury, admitting an enhancement for driving with a blood alcohol content exceeding .20 percent and another enhancement for having a prior wet reckless conviction; as well as a felony violation of hit and run involving injury. Rodriguez will serve his sentence in state prison rather than the local jail because of the DUI with injury charge.

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 Department 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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