DRUNKEN DRIVER CONVICTED OF CRASHING INTO ORANGE POLICE OFFICER WHO WAS STANDING BEHIND PATROL VEHICLE

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A drunken driver was convicted today of crashing into an Orange Police Department officer who was standing behind his patrol vehicle on a residential street.

Defendant Charges Maximum Sentence Court Date
Ashley Victoria Bertolino, 27, Tustin Pleaded guilty today to the following felony counts:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs causing bodily injury
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury
  • Driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% or more causing bodily injury

Sentencing Enhancements

  • Inflicting great bodily injury
Three years in state prison Sentencing

Oct. 24, 2017, 9:00 a.m.

Department C-49, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • At approximately 3:00 a.m. on Dec. 10, 2016, three officers from the Orange Police Department (OPD) responded to a call for service on a residential street.
  • While at the scene, Officer Doe stood near the back of his patrol vehicle, which was parked alongside the curb, to gather paperwork.
  • Bertolino had a blood alcohol level of .13 percent and was under the influence of drugs while driving 40 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The defendant drifted towards the curb and crashed into Officer Doe and the back of his patrol vehicle.

  • The other officers at the scene ran to assist Officer Doe, who was pinned underneath Bertolino’s vehicle, and the defendant exited her vehicle.
  • Bertolino was detained by OPD officers until officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), who investigated this case, arrived on scene.
  • Officer Doe was transported to a local hospital and was hospitalized with major injuries.
  • Bertolino was evaluated at a local hospital and arrested the following morning by CHP.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Jess Rodriguez, Special Prosecutions Uni

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