Man sentenced for drunk driving
A 26-year-old Menlo Park man was sentenced for misdemeanor drunk driving and felony child endangerment in San Mateo County Court on March 27.
Police responding to a 911 call about a wrong-way driver on Marsh Road on Dec. 12 arrived to find the defendant, Efrain Avalos Moreno Avalos sitting in a car "parked crookedly on the street" with his 10-year-old brother beside him, according to the district attorney's office.
Although Mr. Moreno-Avalos initially denied being behind the wheel, both the person making the 911 call and his brother contradicted him, the police report said. A breathalyzer allegedly measured a blood alcohol level of .21 percent. In California a level of 0.08 percent is considered above the legal limit for driving.
He pleaded no contest to the charges. The judge sentenced him to one year in county jail or completion of a long-term residential treatment program, in addition to three years probation. Mr. Moreno-Avalos, who has a prior conviction for drunk driving, was also assessed $340 in fines and $100 per month for supervised probation and will need to complete a program for repeat offenders.
Molestation case ends in mistrial
The 12-day trial of a Menlo Park man charged with five counts of child molestation ended without resolution after the jury deadlocked. Eight jurors voted guilty, two not guilty and two were undecided about the charges against Horacio Carlos Teran.
Mr. Teran, 49, was arrested in 2010 after a 10-year-old neighbor alleged that the man had fondled him during games of tag in the defendant's backyard, according to the district attorney's office.
Michael Armstrong, the defendant's attorney, has told the media that while his client did play tag, no lewd touching occurred.
The case returns to court on April 12 for the prosecution's decision on whether to pursue a retrial. Mr. Teran remains out of custody on $50,000 bail.