Woodside Councilwoman Carroll Ann Hodges spent Friday night in the First Chance substance-abuse facility in San Carlos and had to take a cab home the next day -- the consequence of being pulled over by the California Highway Patrol and being charged with drunken driving, she told The Almanac.
Her car was stopped at 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, on Woodside Road just off Interstate 280. A breathalyzer test showed her blood-alcohol level at 0.12 percent, she said. State law establishes intoxication at 0.08 percent or above.
"I've got a changed life ahead of me for a while," Ms. Hodges said. "It's something I'm very dismayed about. ... It was sheer stupidity on my part."
With her license now suspended, she can apply for a provisional license in 30 days, she said. It's fortunate, she added, that she lives within walking distance of the grocery store and Town Hall.
Ms. Hodges had been returning from a party in Palo Alto for Craig Britton, who retired as general manager of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Her table at the party offered more varieties of wine than she was used to, she said.