Sunday, May 25, 2014

Veteran CHP Officer Charged With Felony DUI

A California Highway Patrol officer charged with felony DUI stemming from a January four-car wreck while she was off duty pleaded not guilty today in Shasta County Superior Court.
Redding criminal defense attorney John Kucera entered the not guilty plea on behalf of his client, Doreen Bernice Shaw, 42, of Redding, as she stood next to him.
Shaw, who remains free of jail custody while on her own recognizance, is scheduled to have her preliminary hearing on April 12.
A 17-year CHP veteran, Shaw is charged with felony DUI with injury, a misdemeanor count of resisting or obstructing officers and a series of enhancements.
Shaw was not hurt in the Jan. 14 chain-reaction crash on South Bonnyview Avenue, but five others suffered minor injuries.
It was originally alleged in the criminal complaint that Shaw had a blood alcohol level of at least 0.20 percent, but Kucera said the complaint, which has been amended, now claims that her blood alcohol level ranged from 0.13 percent to 0.16 percent. The legal driving limit is 0.08 percent.
A Redding police report said Shaw, who reportedly admitted she was too drunk to drive, was belligerent, combative and screamed profanities at officers following the wreck. She also allegedly tried to walk away from officers after she was handcuffed and kneed RPD Officer Tyler Lanham in his left thigh before she was forcibly placed in the back of a patrol car, the police report said.