A California Highway Patrol officer charged with felony DUI in connection with a January chain-reaction crash is scheduled to have a settlement conference today in Shasta County Superior Court.
Doreen Bernice Shaw, 43, an 18-year CHP veteran and Redding resident, is charged with two counts of felony DUI with injury, one misdemeanor count of resisting or obstructing officers and a series of enhancements.
Shaw, who has pleaded not guilty, is due to begin standing trial on Jan. 15.
The criminal charges against Shaw, who remains free on her own recognizance, stem from a Jan. 14 four-car wreck on South Bonnyview Avenue while she was off duty.
Shaw was not hurt in the crash. Police have said five others suffered minor injuries.
It’s alleged 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.
State Senate panel OK’s changes to DUI laws
A stiffening of state DUI laws championed by Gov. Jay Inslee and a bipartisan group of lawmakers cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, moving out of the Senate Law & Justice Committee unanimously.
Among other items, Senate Bill 5912 would add 10 days in jail to all minimum DUI sentences, make drunken driving a felony on the fourth conviction (it currently is on the fifth) and make the installation of an ignition interlock device a requirement for repeat DUI offenders to be released from jail.
The bill also would pilot a 24/7 alcohol-monitoring program as an alternative to prison, restrict deferred sentencing in drunken driving cases and expand DUI courts.
Those items all were agreed upon in recent negotiations between Inslee and the leaders of the Senate and House committees with jurisdiction over DUI issues. But the question of how to pay for them remains a key sticking point.
On Tuesday, the unanimous committee vote belied concerns from Democrats that the proposal doesn’t give enough money to local governments to implement the changes or devote enough to treatment.
Before the vote, senators made clear they were voting on the policy, not the financials of the plan.
The Senate version of the bill will next go to the budget committee that will decide if the state can afford the changes.
The House Public Safety Committee is expected to vote on a similar proposal soon.
Despite the remaining hurdles, Inslee expressed optimism about the bill in an afternoon news conference.
“I’m very happy about this,” he said. “I think this bodes well for us getting this done this special session.”