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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.

Lisette Gabler June 07, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Thank goodness for the Patch! Let's Fix Los Al did not have this on their site as its really a one-sided site that only prints junk against the Council Majority.
Lisette Gabler June 08, 2012 at 03:11 AM
I put a comment on Let's Fix Los Al about why there was no word of Ms. Driscoll's apparent arrest and it was deleted. Thank you Patch for your reporting of all the news, not just one sided news filled with lies.
Lisette Gabler June 08, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Mr. Ivler: Why is it that you always say or write this when you can't lie in some way to the truth? I wrote a comment on Let's Fix yesterday, its been gone since last night. What are your so-called facts?
Lisette Gabler June 08, 2012 at 09:22 PM
JB: I'm sorry I thought you were JM, however you still have not stated "the facts" that you think I should know. What are the facts? As far as I was concerned Let's Fix Los Al refused to leave my comment online. That is a fact. I think the wrong person has the superiority complex here, I am not making cheap shots like you and your side does and you are doing now. Stop the cheap shots and list your "facts". There are many facts I know about Ms.Driscoll and her problem which I am not listing here because of her kids. But I will say I believe she needs help very badly before someone totally innocent gets hurt.
Lisette Gabler June 08, 2012 at 09:33 PM
BTW, why don't you give your whole name JB ? What are you afraid of?
Watchdog June 11, 2012 at 03:26 AM
On top of growing up in Los Al, I currently reside here as well. I am also a business owner in this city. So, I always like to know what is going on. I understand that I might find something of interest, others might not. Or visa versa… This is a blog site. Soo to insinuate that an article should not be reported since you have no interest in it yourself IS ignorant. I personally find it interesting that an individual that we entrusted our city’s well being to and count that they will make the right decisions for us, can’t even do it themselves. Just the fact that she made the decision to get behind the wheel reportedly drunk and endanger the life’s of other families on the road is unthinkable. Just three days prior, I was on the road with my wife, coming back from a party (SOBER) in the same time frame. We don’t need individuals with this type of decision making skills behind a wheel, let alone, behind a desk that thousands of individuals are counting on. If it was your car instead of a tree she hit, you would be singing a different tune.
Sara R.K. June 11, 2012 at 03:51 AM
I don’t understand how someone could completely dismiss the topic of drunk driving. Obviously a life has never been taken from your family by a drunk driver. There are some topics you hate to hear on the news and then the other topics that you look forward to hearing about. Either way you look at it, its the “news”. With an attitude of lets just talk only about the happy things in life, I feel sorry for the kids… The yin and the yang, they go hand and hand. You guys keep on talking about the facts. Are they not online for everyone and their mother to see? And if these reports where and are soo one sided, how am I able to put my opinion online for everyone to see. And also be critical of my opinion. Its called freedom of speech. And I practice it frequently! On a side note, I have never heard of the “Right to Drink And Drive”.
Lisette Gabler June 11, 2012 at 06:48 AM
I think the three of us,Sara, Watchdog and I are all on the same side in this. I was angry because Mr. Emerson's Let's Fix Los Al did not print a story about this incident but thank goodness the Patch did or we would not know what had happen. Mr. Emerson's blog will write about any story and harp on it if it is bad news for the Council Majority but refuses to write a story about one of their members that is unfavorable. Personally, I knew about Ms.Driscoll's problem which she seems to deny when confronted by her drunk episodes. I know that Ms.Driscoll was drunk to the point that she was "crawling on her hands and knees" at the Honda Center. She was invited to a concert with other business leaders because she was the Mayor of Los Al. I know of eight eye witnesses to the event but according to her it "never happened". This woman seems to me to be a danger to anyone on the road when she is driving drunk. As she was quoted in this article again she denies what happened and that she wasn't arrested. Her so-called friends need to stage an intervention and stop the name calling because I had the audacity to comment about the article. I have no idea of what the facts are that JB wrote about and as you can see, he won't state what they are.
jb June 11, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I am not dismissing the topic of drunk driving. I lost one friend to a drunk driver and another friend was seriously injured by another drunk driver. I do not condone drinking and driving. Ms. Driscoll is now a private citizen, her problems are her own business. Lisette's attempt to spread the news about this incident is pure gossip and is wrong.
Lisette Gabler June 12, 2012 at 05:27 AM
JB: When you run for public office, your private life is under scrutiny. This woman was our Mayor for one year and was a total embarrassment for the town and its citizens. You are trying to sweep under the rug and are trying to deny that certain events never happened. The event I spoke about had too many eye witnesses and I spoke to some of them directly about this incident. How can you pretend to be Ms.Driscoll's friend and not get her help and acknowledge that she has a problem. The fact that the Patch wrote this article shows you that her life is not private. Ms. Driscoll ran for office and won. That makes her fodder for any newspaper when she acts in this manner. In fact any private citizen who acts in this manner could have the item written up in a newspaper.
jb June 12, 2012 at 02:12 PM
For the record, I do not know Ms. Driscoll and I repeat, your attempt to spread this news in this manner is wrong. You have no right to do this to Ms. Driscoll or any other private citizen.
Lisette Gabler June 12, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I guess if you are correct, which you are not, then newspapers could not write about any news story that deals with a private citizen. For the record, I did not know about this story until I read it here. The article in the Patch and your comments started the whole thing, all I did was praise the Patch for the article.
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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