Former Mayor Suspected of DUI in Crash

A former Los Alamitos mayor was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing her car off the 605 Katella Avenue onramp.

Former Los Alamitos Mayor Catherine Ann Driscoll, 42, was hospitalized and cited for suspicion of driving under the influence after she drove off a freeway onramp and struck a tree, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Driscoll, who served one term at the helm of the city until 2008, is recovering following the May 30 crash.

“She was involved in a solo-vehicle traffic collision,” said Officer Raymus Payton, California Highway Patrol spokesman. “Our office made an arrest on May 30th. The charges were driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs.”

Reached by phone Wednesday, Driscoll declined to comment, adding that she is not aware of the arrest.

“There is nothing that has been documented as of yet,” Driscoll said. “I don’t have anything that says I was arrested yet.”

It was about 11:42 p.m. on May 30 when CHP officers responded to a report of an accident off the southbound San Gabriel (605) Freeway Katella Avenue onramp.

“As she entered the onramp, [Driscoll] drove over the side and collided into a tree,” Payton said.

On the night of the wreck, she was transported to a nearby hospital, cited on suspicion of DUI, and released into the custody of a friend, Payton said. A blood sample submitted by Driscoll is being tested by the Orange County Crime Lab, he added.

The case had not been referred to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution as of Wednesday.

jb June 12, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Now we are pointing fingers, You are taking my words out of context and you forget, you started this when you admitted you tried to post a comment on Lets Fix LosAl - that is what I found to be objectionable. Something to think about, I do not need an answer - Why are you trying to malign Ms. Driscoll? It is interesting that this was never reported in any other newspaper ...
Lisette Gabler June 12, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I am not trying to malign Ms. Driscoll. She is doing a great job of it herself. She is sick and needs help. Her friends, and yes they are personal friends, at Let's fix Los Al, do not seem to be helping her.Let's Fix Los Al is not a paper, its a one sided blog that has been put out by Dave Emerson a local real estate agent to embarass or harass the council majority.The same people answer is blog day after day. REAL friends of Ms.Driscoll would stage an intervention before she kills someone who is completely innocent. She is a danger on the road. Now I have questions for you. What is your name? JB is too close to JM one of Ms.Driscoll's friends. You state that you are not friends of Ms.Driscoll's but you are too interested in this issue not to know her, especially since you haven't or won't state your name.
Watchdog June 14, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Thank God JB does not run a paper. No offense JB but news is news. With all of these scams and criminal actions coming into the light from other cities, I think it’s great that we closely examine any and all parties that are responsible for our city’s well being (past present and future). If these are the type of people we are electing, we need to more closely examine our selection process. With the economy headed into the direction it is, all parties thinking of being a part of the “Decision Makers club”, should know, they will be scrutinized by thousands. Isn’t it better that way? In other words you better show better decision making skills than getting behind the wheel drunk and endangering families on the road regardless of time of day. This situation is a clear reflection of her decision making skills. It scares me to think what she did or even did not do as mayor of Los Alamitos.
Sara R.K. June 14, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Where were her kids when she was drunk and running over trees? And she had my best interest as Mayor of Los Alamitos? JB, I normally don’t insult/act rude/point fingers at individuals that I don’t know, however your line of conversation almost makes me feel like you are not JB and you are actually Ms. Driscoll. Not that I care what your name is or even if you are Ms Driscoll. I just think it’s odd you chime in like a pit bull to protect this lady. When services like social services should be looking at her. Oh yea, not to pretend I know that side of the law but shouldn’t someone give social services heads up? I actually care about Los Alamitos and that’s why I am blogging. I think we have already established “News is News”. Why are you soo interested in this article JB?
jb June 15, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Sara R.K. - I was only interested in the article when Lisette mentioned that she tried to post a comment on the LetsFixLosAl blog about this story. She accused that blog of removing her comments. Lisette's loyalities are well known and I still think the better question to ask is why Lisette is so determined to spread news about Ms. Driscoll. For the record, I am not Ms. Driscoll, I do not condone Ms. Driscoll's actions. I do not condone drinking and driving. I think Lisette was wrong. That is all. Watchdog, I am also glad I do not run a paper.


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