Golden Gate Bridge Wrong Way Driver Arrested
A Sacramento woman was arrested and charged with three misdemeanor traffic counts after she allegedly drove the wrong way on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, according to recent reports.
Officers received calls from motorists stating that a wrong-way driver was traveling south in the northbound lanes of the bridge. Elnoa Nainoka of Sacramento was said to have exited via the Vista Point parking lot at the northeastern point of the bridge, then turned south into the northbound lanes. When confronted with responding officers, Nainoka is said to have u-turned on the bridge to travel north. Drivers continued to call in reports of her erratic driving as police pursued her onto Redwood Highway Frontage Road.
Police officers stated that Nainoka showed signs of intoxication when they pulled her over just north of state Highway 131 in Marin County. She was arrested and booked on suspicion of DUI. Her blood alcohol was measured at more than .15 percent, meaning that she could face enhanced DUI charges.
Enhanced DUI Charges
California allows enhanced DUI charges against any driver whose blood alcohol level measures more than .15 percent, which is approximately double the legal limit of .08 percent. There are also other circumstances under which DUI charges may be enhanced, according to California law. These include:
- Prior DUI convictions. If a driver has a prior conviction for DUI within 10 years, penalties are increased. Three priors can raise the charges to felony level.
- Refusal to submit to BAC testing. Increased jail sentences and other penalties may be incurred if the driver refuses to submit to blood, breath or urine testing for the presence of alcohol or drugs.
- Reckless driving. Someone who is driving recklessly or speeding while under the influence of alcohol may incur more serious penalties, particularly if the speed is excessive. In California, 20 miles per hour over the speed limit on a surface road or 30 miles per hour over the limit on a freeway is considered excessive.
- Endangering a child. If a child under the age of 14 is a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the arrest, DUI charges may be enhanced.
- Causing accident or injury. If property damage or personal injury occurs, DUI charges may be elevated to felony level or penalties increased based on the amount of damage caused.
If you have been involved in a DUI arrest in which there is the possibility of enhanced charges, it is very important for you to contact a criminal defense attorney like those at the Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento immediately.