A man found guilty of driving while under the influence was sentenced to nine years in state prison on Sept. 6.
El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call on Aug. 1, 2012, which was not involved with the DUI case, a press release stated. While responding, deputies Stockeland and Pebley observed a man driving his vehicle and eventually pulling into his driveway.
The man, identified as Ralph Eugene Dumont, 55, of Cameron Park, exited his vehicle and was contacted by the deputies. He was determined to have been driving while under the influence. He denied driving the vehicle, and his wife, a defense witness, claimed their roommate had been driving.
During the trial, the jury deliberated for only a few hours before returning a verdict: guilty on all counts. Judge Daniel B. Proud sentenced Dumont to nine years in state prison, the maximum allowed, after determining that Dumont had several prior DUI convictions. Dumont also had his license revoked for 10 years beginning upon his release from prison.
Deputy district attorney Michael Pizzuti noted that the DA’s Vertical Prosecution Team prosecuted this case, with funding from a grant provided by the state Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration. DA Vern Pierson said he will use the Vertical Prosecution Team to “aggressively pursue and prosecute multiple DUI offenders.”