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Former Los Alamitos Mayor Sentenced for Drunken Car Crash

Catherine Ann Driscoll, 42, drove off a 605 Freeway on-ramp and hit a tree in May.

ORANGE COUNTY, CA -- A former Los Alamitos mayor was sentenced to three years of probation and nine months in an alcohol treatment program after pleading guilty to driving under the influence when her car hit a tree in May.

Catherine Ann Driscoll, who headed the city from 2004 to 2008, admitted to two misdemeanor charges: driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol level at 0.08 percent or higher.

The charges stemmed from a May 30 accident in which she drove her car off the Katella on-ramp to the south 605 Freeway.

“As she entered the on-ramp, [Driscoll] drove over the side and collided into a tree,” California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Raymus Payton said at the time of the crash.

Driscoll, 42, was hospitalized briefly after the crash. In August, she pleaded not guilty to both charges, but switched her plea on Oct. 22. 

Driscoll must also pay a $390 fine and restitution to the Victim Witness Emergency Fund, according to court records.

Jack November 13, 2012 at 05:21 PM
OCEAN COUNTY??? Must be the place where people drover their cars.
losal-larry November 13, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Los Alamitos is well-known for having the sleaziest mayors, unfortunately. How in the world do they get elected?
nic kinn November 13, 2012 at 06:49 PM
This entire article is a mess. Your comment made me giggle for a couple of minutes.
Resqme November 13, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Guess the victim was the tree...
Beverly Greenhaw Williams November 13, 2012 at 11:07 PM
A tree what if that tree was a person then what ? the person is hurt bad or someone dies next time what happens then ?its the courts to blame there are laws and the courts should up hold them .because next time she may kill someone .i know they let a guy off and he just did it again and the next time it was a person badly hurt and disable for life and another person was killed and still he only got a few years .what the hell is laws for if the courts dont up hold them ?????????
Ross Gee November 14, 2012 at 12:51 AM
$390??? Any "ordinary" citizen has to pay much more. Pays to be in politics.
Marcheal Gideon November 14, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Misdemeanor how about felony.
barb November 14, 2012 at 04:44 PM
In other words, she got away with it. Rehab is just a joke for some people.

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