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Rollover causes injuries to alleged drunk driver

A vehicle rolled over Monday morning in El Dorado Hills, causing an allegedly drunk driver to sustain major injuries. Christina Fifer was driving her 1990 Dodge Durango westbound on Highway 50 just west of Bass Lake Road at 7:15 a.m., CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. Cuthbertson said she was allegedly under the influence and allowed […]

Allegedly drunk driver collides with tree

A man crashed into a tree after leaving the road due to allegedly driving under the influence on Feb. 17. CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson described the incident as a non-fatal DUI traffic collision on westbound Highway 50 at 41 Mile Stone at 3:30 a.m. The 37-year-old male, of Pollock Pines, “went off the road into […]

Suspected drunk driver slams into guard rail

A man, allegedly driving while drunk, veered off Highway 50 near the deer crossing on Sept. 2 and slammed into a guardrail before sliding down an embankment and rolling over. Pedro Valverde IV, 39, of Rancho Cordova, was traveling eastbound on Highway 50 at about 7:40 a.m. when he veered off the road, CHP Officer […]

Checkpoint Friday: CHP ready to nab drunk drivers

The Rancho Cordova area office of the California Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, Sept. 17, somewhere within the unincorporated area of El Dorado County. ÒAll too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by intoxicated drivers,Ó said Lt. Greg Ferrero, Rancho Cordova area commander. The […]

Drunk and drugged driving ruins the holidays

If you’re enjoying the holidays with a drink, the El Dorado District Attorney’s Office has a message for you: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Due to the increase in drunk driving related fatalities around the holidays each year, law enforcement agencies across America will be actively searching for and arresting drunk drivers. As part of the national Drive […]

Law enforcement cracking down on holiday drunk driving

This time of year, with all the holiday office parties and festive occasions with friends and families, many partygoers will be drinking. If you’re celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, Placerville Police Department has a message for you: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each […]

Designate a driver St. Patrick’s Day

With St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson and the Avoid the 6 DUI Task Force are reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 269 people were senselessly killed nationwide in crashes involving […]

Designated drivers get VIP treatment in DUI crackdown

SACRAMENTO — In an effort to increase safety on our roads and highways, the California Office of Traffic Safety Dec. 13 joined the California Highway Patrol and the California State Transportation Agency to promote and honor designated, sober drivers and launch the start of a holiday crackdown on drunk driving. “Sober drivers in California are […]

What’s your problem, driver?

EDITOR: I’ve lived along Highway 49 near Gold Hill Road since 1985 and have witnessed many bizarre driving behaviors along this route. Within a 1/4-mile radius of my property, I’ve witnessed drunk drivers, tweaked drivers, insane drivers, under-aged drivers, over-aged drivers, selfish and impatient drivers, hit-and-run drivers, fleeing-from-the-law drivers, car-sick drivers, a have-to-stop-and-poop-in-my-yard driver, completely […]

Authorities cracking down on drunk driving during holiday

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Transportation and CHP are banding together to crack down on driving as summer comes to a close in their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. “As summer ends and motorists hit the road for one last summer holiday, local law enforcement personnel across the nation will […]

Drunk driving stats

With the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and CHP cracking down on drunk driving leading up to Labor Day, here are some important statistics provided by EDSO and CHP on drunk driving in the nation, state and El Dorado County. • Drunk driving kills about 10,000 people each year. In 2011, the latest recorded year, […]

Wrong-way driver accepts guilt

The wrong-way driver who crashed into an oncoming motorist has pleaded no contest for her role in the 2010 death of an Orangevale newlywed. On Jan. 27, Theresa Lee Ghersanich entered no contest pleas to charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury and DUI causing injuring with a blood-alcohol level above the […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

Designate a driver for St. Patrick’s celebrations

St. Patrick’s Day is a popular night out to socialize with friends, family and coworkers. However, with so many local establishments promoting alcohol sales or special promotional events, far too many drunk drivers head out onto streets, making it dangerous for all. As a counter measure to all the “green beer” on sale St. Patty’s […]

Mental analysis continued for wrong-way driver

The court appointed doctor tasked with evaluating manslaughter suspect Thersea Lee Ghersanich requested an extra three weeks to finish his report, the court announced Monday. El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas C. Phimister said Dr. Charles Schaffer was waiting on medical records and needed more time to finish his mental evaluation of Ghersanich, 55. […]

Every 15 minutes: a sober look at drunk driving

Village Life staff writer Seeing may not be believing, but itÕs a good start. ThatÕs the theory behind the ÒEvery 15 MinutesÓ program which graphically demonstrates the results of drinking and driving for Oak Ridge High School students on April 3rd and 4th. Oak Ridge DriverÕs Education teacher Tom VanderWende described the program as Òvery […]

Placerville Police Crime Log

Jan. 6 8:21 a.m. Vandalism was reported on David Circle. 9:14 a.m. A person was reportedly drunk in public on Conrad Court. 10:30 p.m. A vehicle fire was reported on Stonecrest Road. Jan. 7 9:03 a.m. A petty theft report was taken on Hawks Landing Court. 9:17 a.m. An accidental shooting was reported at an […]

As we were: Holiday DUIs down

25 Years ago Jan. 4, 1991 DUIs down for New Year’s By MARY NEAL Despite the drunk-driving crackdown on the Western Slope, and although the number of drunk driving arrests nearly doubled during 1990, local drunk driving arrests declined over the New Year’s holiday, authorities said. In the city limits, a total of four people […]

DUI crackdown: DA awarded prosecution grant

The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office has obtained a $361,506 grant from the California Office of Training Safety to prosecute felony DUI (both alcohol and drug-impaired driving) and related fatal or injury cases. The grant money funds a “vertical prosecution” team that works with cases from time of arrest through sentencing of the accused. Prosecution team […]

Georgetown man flown to hospital after wreck

GEORGETOWN — An 18-year-old suspected drunk driver crashed into two trees before colliding with a big rig carrying logs Wednesday morning. Jerramy Pugh, 18, of Georgetown was driving a blue Jeep Liberty eastbound on Wentworth Springs Road when he veered off the roadway, struck the two trees and crashed head-on with a big rig, according to the California […]

Bodacious Biking Babes riding strong after 15 years

EL DORADO HILLS — Bodacious Biking Babes has reason to celebrate. In the 15 years the women’s cycling group’s members have been riding for fun, fitness and friendship the group has grown to include 60 active participants and they’ve raised more than $750,000 for charity. “These women are not your traditional athletes looking to test their endurance […]

The Democratic-Chronicles: Ideology-driven policy

What do you call a person who will not learn from experience? One who causes pain and suffering to others because of their indifference? Think drunk driver or the radical Republicans, who have raised indifference to an art form. When it comes to the minimum wage, conservatives have long advocated policies that treat companies’ employees […]

PHS students learn tough lesson with Every 15 Minutes

As Daniel Brennan was being questioned by CHP Officer Ian Hoey for probable DUI on April 29, Nathan Uhlmeyer sat slumped against Brennan’s silver Toyota Prius — or what was left of it — while firefighters administered aid to Uhlmeyer’s collapsed lung. Both the Prius and Uhlmeyer’s green Toyota Camry were mangled messes, the front ends […]

DUI patrols set for Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why the California Office of Traffic Safety and police, Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol are urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking or […]

Winter Holiday Avoid DUI campaign final report

The 2014/15 Winter Holiday DUI Mobilization crackdown on drinking drivers has ended and resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from the Special Saturation Patrols and routine patrol in the El Dorado County “Avoid the 6 ” DUI Campaign for the past 21 days. From 12:01 a.m. Friday Dec. 12, 2014 through midnight Thursday, […]

Holiday DUI campaign nets arrest

The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 6 DUI deployments during the past several days in El Dorado County. From 12:01 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12 through midnight Saturday, Dec. 20 officers representing six county law enforcement agencies arrested one […]

Trick-or-treat … drink-or-drive

Halloween is quickly approaching, which for many people means celebrating with alcohol. As you carve your pumpkin or pick out a costume this year, keep in mind that one of the best choices you can make is to drive sober or designate a sober driver to get you home safely. Placerville Police Department is reminding […]

The weekly Daley: What are the odds?

While my brother the conservative doesn’t completely blame the president for allowing the Ebola virus to wipe out all of Africa, most of everywhere else and at least one or two people in this country, he’s pretty sure Barack Obama missed the boat or dropped the ball or stuck his head in the sand trap instead […]

Boney James plays at Red Lion

Boney James is performing at The Grove at Red Lion Hotel Woodlake Conference Center in Sacramento on Friday, Sept. 12. With four gold albums, four Grammy nominations, two NAACP Image Award nominations, a Soul Train Music Award and a nomination and sales totaling more than 3 million records, chart-topping saxophonist Boney James embodies the phrase “horn of plenty.” “I’m […]

CASA El Dorado wants to help more kids

Each year approximately 500 children in El Dorado county are court-ordered an adult advocate after being removed from their homes by Child Protective Services. Because there are 100 kids still waiting for a Court Appointed Special Advocate, CASA El Dorado is making a plea for more involvement. They need more volunteers to be advocates and […]

DUI saturation patrols set for holiday

PLACERVILLE — For many people, the Fourth of July celebration includes alcohol, but the holiday quickly goes from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking. Over the July 4 holiday period in 2012 alone, 78 people were killed in alcohol impaired-driving crashes on our nation’s roads. To crack down on drunk driving […]

Sky Mote Overpass sign funds sought

Veterans groups, family and community members, who were successful in getting a U.S. 50 highway overcrossing at Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville named in honor of fallen Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Sky Mote, must now raise $6,144 to pay the state of California to install signs memorializing Mote. The decision to honor Mote by naming […]

Memorial Day weekend DUI crackdown planned

The Avoid the 6 DUI Task Force is deploying officers this holiday weekend at DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols countywide to stop and arrest drunk or drugged drivers and to heighten awareness of the deadly combination that alcohol, drugs and driving can have on this first holiday weekend of the summer season. Along […]

Character counts

EDITOR: While researching El Dorado County candidates online, I came across Mountain Democrat’s Jan. 18, 2011 DUI Log stating: “HOWARD PENN, 44, Coloma, booked Dec. 11 by CHP, held on $2,500 bail.” The tragedy brought about by drunk drivers is frequently in the news. That is why community sectors such as law enforcement, parents, schools, […]

May 14, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 9 Replies

Grim lessons taught at ‘Every 15’

One Oak Ridge student lay dead, ejected from the vehicle her best friend drove seconds before. Only the frantic wails of a second passenger could be heard as she called her best friends’ names from the back seat, pleading for them to answer. The teenage drunk driver, also an Oak Ridge student, got out of […]

CHP joins hand-held cell crackdown

As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the California Highway Patrol, Placerville Area, along with over 200 other local law enforcement agencies, will conduct a month-long “zero tolerance” enforcement and education campaign to curb those texting or operating hand-held cell phones while driving. Officers will be on alert throughout the month for those […]

DUI arrests and fatalities down thanks to crackdown

The winter holiday anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special “Avoid the 6″ DUI deployments overnight in El Dorado County. From 12:01 a.m. through midnight on Friday, Dec. 13, officers representing two county law enforcement agencies arrested one individual for driving under the influence […]

Director believes in power of one

Excited to be a position where she can make a difference in people’s lives, Brenda Frachiseur was recently announced as the new executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County (BBBS). In the job since October and still getting her feet wet, Frachiseur, 58, comes with 30 years of experience working for […]

Overstepped authority

EDITOR: The CDF (Cal Fire) unit chief overstepped his authority. The California Public Resource Code grants fire officials the authority to suspend or restrict permitted burning when certain articulable conditions exist. The California Public Resources Code 4423.1 states in part: “4423.1. Burning under permit by any person on public or private lands, except within incorporated […]

Halloween partiers beware: ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’

This Halloween, police, sheriff and CHP Officers will crack down on drunk and drugged drivers throughout the region with an aggressive “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement effort. The Avoid the 6 DUI Task Force has given a fair warning to all partygoers: Keep the party off the road. “The scariest part of Halloween […]

DUI sentences

Earlier this month we ran an editorial supporting the governor’s $315 million plan to reduce prison overcrowding by shipping some prisoners off to private prisons and some local prison-like jails that have space available. We also supported the Senate pro tem’s plan for a commission to review sentencing laws. Our caveat remains don’t mess with […]

Boney James makes music in Sac

Boney James will perform at the Red Lion Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento, on Saturday, Sept. 14. After four gold albums, three Grammy nominations and sales totaling more than 3 million records, chart-topping saxophonist Boney James embodies the phrase “horn of plenty.” “I’m always thinking about making music,” James said. “It’s still my consuming […]

CHP patrol: Where exciting is normal and tickets are common

The hybrid SUV swung around over the dirt divide of El Dorado Hills Boulevard, changing direction. The radar had pinged 65 in a 50 zone. The acceleration was gunned, the engine roaring — and then suddenly braking. Red light. But the target — a white Maserati still bearing Niello dealership plates — was directly in front. As soon as the light changed to green, the lights on the top of the SUV turned a flashing red.

In all, it was a fairly average pullover for CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson. He ended up giving a warning for speeding, but ticketed the driver for not having a front license plate — a $25 ticket that could turn into $500 if it is not taken care of.

EDH bicyclists organize and press for more bike paths

The growing popularity of cycling in El Dorado Hills has spawned several clubs and a bustling bike shop in Town Center: El Dorado Hills Bike and Tri Owner Erin Gorrell hosts multiple teams. She estimates that El Dorado Hills is home to 2,500 to 3,000 competitive riders and untold numbers of less serious pedal pushers.

It’s about freedom

EDITOR: In regards to Sylvia Medley’s question in her letter published in the Jan. 16 edition of the Mountain Democrat concerning her banter with Mr. Edger Brown as to why large capacity clips are necessary, I wish to state the answer that everyone seems to ignore, but is well known in the hearts of freedom-loving […]

CHP ready for holiday enforcement

SACRAMENTO — With holiday celebrations in full swing, the California Highway Patrol is preparing for increased enforcement throughout the heavy travel period to help ensure safety on the road. The CHP is reminding travelers to play by the rules behind the wheel: buckle up, adhere to the posted speed limit, avoid distractions behind the wheel, […]

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