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Menlo Park: Repeat DUI driver sentenced to five years in prison

Woman pleads no-contest to charges in connection with collision that injured boyfriend and baby

With three prior drunk driving convictions, the driver in a DUI crash in Menlo Park that left her and a passenger seriously hurt, and her infant son with minor injuries, pleaded no contest in court on Tuesday (July 22) to felony drunk driving causing injury.

San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Jonathan Karesh sentenced Carina Lisbet Sandoval, a 27-year-old East Palo Alto resident, to five years in state prison with credit for 376 days served, and ordered her to pay $370 in fines and restitution.

Ms. Sandoval and her boyfriend were hurt after her Honda turned left in front of oncoming traffic before running into an SUV near Bayfront Expressway and Chrysler Drive, according to investigators. Her 16-month-old son, who was riding in a car seat, was treated for minor cuts and abrasions at a local hospital. The occupants of the SUV were not hurt.

Investigators found a case of beer and a shot glass in Ms. Sandoval's car, according to the police report, and her blood alcohol level was 0.22 percent -- more than twice California's legal limit of 0.08 percent.

At the time of the Menlo Park collision, Ms. Sandoval was out of custody on an October 2013 DUI charge, according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

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